Like every November 25, International Day against Sexual Violence, the feminist movement has called dozens of demonstrations and rallies in cities and towns of the country to demand public policies that fight it. The mobilizations in the street are preceded by a morning with news in the political sphere: all the parties, except Vox, which denies the existence of this specific violence against women, have signed an agreement to renew the State Pact against Gender Violence, which expires in September of next year.
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In Madrid, a few minutes after 6:00 p.m., the demonstration started from Madrid’s Plaza de Cibeles, illuminated in purple. “We are not all, the murdered are missing” or “enough of patriarchal justice” are some of the slogans chanted by the protesters, among which there are individual women and feminist organizations and unions such as UGT and CC.OO. from Madrid, and also parties like the Madrid PSOE.
Charo has been “about five or six years” coming. She assures that before she did not know that every November 25 the International Day Against Sexual Violence is celebrated, but “getting to know closely” gender violence and finding out that a friend was a victim, made her mobilize. “Since then I always go out. We must try to preserve what we have achieved, which has been a lot, but even equality between women and men, which is what feminism defends, has not been achieved ”.
She has been working all morning and has learned “glancingly” of the agreement that the parties have reached to renew the State Pact against Gender Violence. All except Vox. “It doesn’t surprise me, but it worries me a lot,” he acknowledges. “In the end what they are achieving is that instead of looking towards the future, towards what remains to be achieved, we are defending what was already a consensus.”
As happened in previous years, in Madrid the call has been divided into two: on the one hand, there are decentralized concentrations in different neighborhoods and towns linked to 8M under the slogan “Against all sexist violence: Feminist resources, education and justice”; on the other, the Madrid Forum against Violence against Women has called for a demonstration from the Plaza de Cibeles with “Tired of sexist violence against women: solutions NOW!” as the main slogan.
All call for “urgent and decisive action” against all forms of violence against women; not only in the sphere of the partner or ex-partner, but also sexual violence, harassment, economic violence or vicarious violence. The available data reveal that it is not a specific or isolated event, but rather that violence is part of women’s lives: one in two They have suffered it at least once in their life and only so far in 2021 there have been more than 12,000 complaints of sexual violence, two every hour.
What differentiates both mobilizations, yes, is their position with respect to prostitution and the Trans Law, which unleashed a harsh conflict between the Government partners and within feminism. The Women’s Forum, in fact, calls in its manifesto for the withdrawal of the project and takes a position against gender self-determination. They also demand an abolitionist law on prostitution.
The decentralized concentrations in the neighborhoods, for their part, focus on precariousness, economic violence or the crisis of care and denounce racism, oppose the Immigration Law “which exacerbates” the vulnerability of migrant women and accuse to the Community of Madrid to “look the other way” in the face of sexist violence.
The demonstration in Toledo only brought together a few hundred people since there were two different calls, between the 8M Platform and the City Council’s Department of Equality. In this way, two groups of people divided between a march and a demonstration, both traveling the road between La Vega and Zocodover.
“We are missing 60 more sisters this November 25 because someone, a man, decided to take their lives,” emphasized the manifesto that cried out against prostitution and demanded a better education with a gender perspective. “We are here one more November 25 to demand direct action and so that on November 25, 2022 we don’t have to come here to say exactly the same thing.” The Platform carried out a reading of all the women, girls and boys who were the victims of sexist violence in 2021.
In Zaragoza, the rally in Plaza España de Zaragoza began with the speech of a representative of the city’s Coordinator of Feminist Organizations, which gave way to “What would happen if?”: A series of questions and answers about the control in couple relationships, false reports, the wage gap or the importance of care, among other issues.
In a less crowded square in Spain than on other occasions, the “we want each other alive” has been shouted and also slogans for the abolition of prostitution. The act concluded with the reading of the manifesto and the hope of “not concentrating again this year because a woman has been murdered in Zaragoza.”