“Not one woman less”
Protests held to coincide with the international day for the elimination of violence against woman
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 vicepresident 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