Fighting for women’s rights
By Jack Troughton CHAMPIONING women’s rights across Spain are some 40,000 active members of the European Union of Women ‘Mujeres en Igualdad’.
The powerful lobby is part of a Europe-wide network of EUW - the Spanish section’s name translates as ‘Women in Equality’ - and the group is run by a national executive based in Madrid.
And in Spain, the influential group has published a series of papers on the problems of domestic violence and social policy in its quest for gender equality in Spain.
The EUW’s new International President, Margaret Hales, travelled from the Costa Blanca to the Spanish capital for her first official visit to meet officers and members of staff.
Margaret, who lives in Benitachell, said: “It was explained to me that there are branches of EUW ‘Mujeres en Igualdad’ across Spain with some 40,000 members. They are coordinated by a National Confederation Executive.
“They have obtained a variety of funding to carry out various projects; these include three refuge homes for women who are the victims of violence, as well as a social centre in Madrid for immigrants.
“They have also published a series of excellent professional documents on such things as social policy, violence against immigrant women, and female genital mutilation.” The EUW is a non-Margaret (centre) with Spanish EUW colleaguesgovernmental organisation and was founded in Austria in 1953. Its aim is to bring together women across Europe to promote women’s issues in the furtherance of peace.
The body also enjoys observer status at the United Nations in New York, Geneva and Vienna, at the Council of Europe, and the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Margaret said it was ideal that as a resident of Spain she was able to make her first official visit as president to the Madrid-based section.
“I met so many professional and competent women whose focus was to help women across Spain who had difficulties of one sort or another.
“I was delighted to meet these women. They have won international recognition for their work. I look forward to them sharing their experiences at the various meetings of the EUW.”
Margaret (centre) with Spanish EUW colleagues