Spain takes to the streets to conspire against sexist violence

The feminist movement has called rallies tonight at 10pm in front of town halls from towns and cities across the country after the upsurge in sexist murders and the discovery of the body of little Olivia on the Canary coast.

“We are going to throw it away”, “not one less”, “if they touch one of us, they touch us all” are the slogans of this “emergency call”, which was launched after the body of the 6-year-old kidnapped by her father was found at the bottom of the sea and the murder of a 17-year-old girl was found in Martín de la Jara (Seville) at the hands of his ex-partner.

In Santa Cruz de Tenerife a concentration has already been held in which posters with messages such as “an abuser is not a father”.

Since the end of the alarm state, a rebound in femicides: The Government Delegation against Gender Violence has confirmed the sexist nature of the murders of nine women and one minor, more than half of all the murders perpetrated in 2021.

Two girls participate in the rally this afternoon in Santa Cruz de Tenerife against sexist violence. / CHAIN ​​SER

So far this year, 17 women and two minors have been murdered in gender crimes. 1,095 women have been fatalities of sexist violence in the sphere of the couple since 2003 and 39 minors have been murdered by their fathers or their mothers’ partners or ex-partners since 2013. These statistics still do not include little Olivia or the youngest of 17 years assassinated in Seville, Rocío Caíz.

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The 016 serves all victims of sexist violence 24 hours a day and in 52 different languages, as well as the email 016-online@igualdad.gob.es. Attention is also paid through WhatsApp through the number 600000016.

The Government expects a rebound in sexist violence this summer

The Government delegate against Gender Violence, Victoria Rosell, has indicated that it is foreseeable that the rise in sexist violence will continue and has asked all municipalities, autonomous communities and women’s groups to be alert and vigilant in summer to protect the victims and their children at the slightest sign of abuse.

“We warned in a pandemic that violence against women was a pandemic over another pandemic. By normalizing, by liberating ourselves with vaccines, the one underneath is simply uncovered. After a period of restrictions, it is as if the cap on machismo were removed, “said Rosell in an interview with RNE.

Let the rebound continue “It is unfortunately foreseeable and we have to warn”, has supported, to ask all institutions and society to be attentive to signs of sexist violence and prevent and accompany and help women victims.

“It is urgent to protect children”

After the discovery of the corpse of little Olivia in the Canary Islands, and when the search for her sister Anna continues, and at a time of “tremendous upswing” in gender crimes, Rosell has asserted that “it is urgent to protect children as a direct victim of sexist violence “.

Asked if she has contacted the mother of the two girls, Beatriz, Rosell replied that the mourning must be respected and that institutions and authorities cannot break into people’s lives at such a difficult time “for having a personal role”, but yes with psychological, social and legal help, “as it is being done”.

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The delegate has specified that all sexist murders share “the same pattern”: “He is not a madman, he is not a serial killer, he is the face of machismo, of that man who does not tolerate the freedom of women, their equality. Against that we must fight all institutions and society every day, not only when the worst happens. “

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