“Not one woman less”

Protests held to co­in­cide with the in­ter­na­tional day for the elim­i­na­tion of vi­o­lence against woman

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Demon­stra­tions were held across Spain un­der the slo­gan ‘not one woman less’.

Pro­test­ers called for an end to vi­o­lence against women at a rally in Va­len­cia city.

By Dave Jones DEMON­STRA­TIONS were held across Spain on Sun­day un­der the slo­gan ‘not one woman less’ (ni una menos) as pro­test­ers called for an end to vi­o­lence against women.

A to­tal of 45 women have been killed by their part­ners in the coun­try so far this year.

Pres­i­dent of the Va­len­cia re­gion Ximo Puig said the fight against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is the ‘most im­por­tant chal­lenge’ fac­ing Span­ish so­ci­ety. The protests were held to co­in­cide with the in­ter­na­tional day for the elim­i­na­tion of vi­o­lence against woman. Or­gan­is­ers re­minded that 973 women have been killed in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence crimes since 2003.

They ex­plained that peo­ple around the coun­try took to the streets to de­mand an end to these deaths.

“We want a halt to the killing of women, sim­ply be­cause they hap­pen to be women,” they noted.

In Va­len­cia city, mem­bers of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment led by Ximo Puig turned out in force to sup­port the cause.

Sr Puig said that so­ci­ety has to work from ev­ery pos­si­ble an­gle to halt this scourge.

“We have failed as a so­ci­ety if one sin­gle woman is be­ing mistreated by her part­ner,” he added.

He branded do­mes­tic vi­o­lence as ‘ter­ror­ism’ which is ‘very of­ten in­vis­i­ble’ to the out­side world.

Sr Puig lamented the dif­fi­culty which Span­ish so­ci­ety has to change be­hav­iour that has ‘deep roots’ in the past.

“Women in this coun­try do not have their ba­sic rights guar­an­teed,” he stated.

Re­gional vice-pres­i­dent Mónica Ol­tra said that it was a day to show ‘machismo’ and peo­ple who mis­treat women that this be­hav­iour has no place in a mod­ern, demo­cratic and ad­vanced so­ci­ety.

She called on com­mu­ni­ties as a whole not to turn a blind eye to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and to speak out against any sit­u­a­tions which they know of.

“There are still very few peo­ple in the so­cial cir­cle of a vic­tim who de­nounce what is hap­pen­ing, even when they know that their friend or fam­ily mem­ber is be­ing mistreated,” noted Sra Ol­tra.

She ex­plained that the re­gional gov­ern­ment has launched the cam­paign #AssenyalaElMasclisme to high­light the scourge and to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to ‘de­fend the vic­tims’ and ‘po­si­tion our­selves against the ag­gres­sors’.

Ximo Puig and Mónica Ol­tra in the cen­tre of the photo

Ma­rina Baixa towns held a joint march in Al­faz del Pi

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