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Mobilizations throughout the country demand ambitious public policies to combat sexist violence

Like every November 25, the 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 to combat 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 Violence in Genus, 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 coming for “about five or six years”. 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 that violence is part of women’s lives: one in two have suffered it at least once in their lives and only so far in 2021 have they been registered 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.

Just over a kilometer from Puerta del Sol, where the demonstration ends, the Plaza de Lavapiés hosts one of the concentrations called in the neighborhoods. “The street and the night are also ours”, or “against the patriarchy and its violence, now and always self-defense”, shout the assistants. Amparo is one of them, a neighbor of the neighborhood, she has come down, she says, because “we have to show that we are more of us than they are,” she says in reference to the denial that Vox raises. He also believes that there is a need for greater visibility of violence that occurs outside of the partner or ex-partner: “It is in all areas, on the street, in politics, in the boss towards his employees …”, he reflects.

In the concentration, other slogans in favor of gender self-determination have also been heard, such as “women with a penis, women with a vagina, there are many more women than you imagine.”

“If they touch one of us, they touch us all”

In Catalonia, the most numerous mobilization among those that have been summoned in dozens of localities has been that of Barcelona, ​​where thousands of people have demonstrated on Thursday night against sexist violence on the occasion of 25-N. The march has traveled the Passeig de Gràcia and has been called by the Novembre Feminista movement and Ca la Dona, and other entities and parties have joined. The protesters have called out against “patriarchal justice”, which “re-victimizes” the women who have been attacked. “If they touch one of us, they touch us all”, has been one of the most repeated songs. In Girona the march has also made a wreath in memory of the murdered women.

A row of torches illuminated the names of each and every one of the women who, month after month, have been murdered in this year 2021 by their partners or ex-partners. They have been the main remembered in the demonstration that has traveled the streets of the center of Córdoba.

“Not one more; Not one less ”,“ We ​​love each other alive ”,“ They have not died, they are murdered ”were some of the slogans chanted among the more than 4,000 people who, according to estimates by the Local Police, have participated in the demonstration organized by the Cordovan Platform Against Violence Against Women.

In the march, which started from the Red Cross Glorieta and ended at the gates of the City Hall with the reading of a manifesto against sexist violence, young people with chants for feminism, adult men and women walking for equality and children Accompanying their families they have mixed from head to tail of the demonstration, dotted with banners against machismo, for real equality and against all kinds of gender violence.

“It is important that men are here today,” said one of them, while several women at his side carried banners with a clear motto: “Work for equality to build a world without sexist violence.”

For its part, the València Feminist Movement has demanded in a demonstration that all violence suffered by women be recognized and they have denounced being “fed up” with the fact that the laws of equality and against sexist violence are not provided with the necessary resources and services .

From the central Porta de la Mar, illuminated in purple by the 25N, the march started at the rhythm of batukada after seven in the afternoon with a banner that read “We are fed up with all sexist violence”, carried by women who They have been victims of gender violence dressed in purple overalls and stickers with the motto in Valencian (#Fartes), to go through the streets of Colón, Xàtiva, Marqués de Sotelo and finally the Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

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 in Zaragoza began with a speech by 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.”

In Santiago de Compostela. a massive demonstration left the Praza do 8 de Marzo behind banners with slogans such as ‘Rebellion, disobedience against their violence’ and ‘an abuser is not a good father’. To the rhythm of drums they chanted messages such as ‘we are the cry of those who have no voice’ and ‘against patriarchy, organized feminism’.

In Murcia, hundreds of women began to walk the main artery of the city, the Gran Vía, at 7:30 p.m. Irene, from the class bloc, and 26 years old, emphasizes that the pandemic has thrown women “into the worst jobs”, while it has locked other women “at home with their abusers.” “Alive, free and without fear!”, Was one of the slogans that have been heard.

The age difference between the protesters in Bilbao has shown that the fight against sexist violence is ageless. María Luisa, Merche and Karmele have been fighting for women’s rights for several decades because no matter how much they have achieved some rights, violence against women continues to affect all of them. “From the feminist movement we have managed to get the institutions to accept many of our proposals and that is a conquest, but the institutions always appropriate themselves to decaffeinate and take away their essence, that is why we must continue there,” says Karmele. According to María Luisa, if it is compared with previous years, “in society a certain regression can be noticed” in terms of women’s rights, something that, according to regret, “the institutional posture that is dyed lilac once a year and then he doesn’t fight for our rights, he doesn’t help. ”

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