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The women of Cartagena return to the street on March 8 to demand equality and equity (08/02/2019)

This morning, February 8, the Feminist Movement of Cartagena has called all citizens to a large strike of 24 hours to demand equality and equity, on March 8, International Women's Day.

During the ceremony, were present the Councilor for Equality of the City of Cartagena, David Martinez, and the councilor of the municipal corporation, Pilar Marcos.

Under the slogan 'If we stop, the world stops', women will take to the streets not only in Cartagena and Murcia but also in the rest of the cities of Spain and in more than 80 countries to denounce the discrimination and inequalities they suffer.

Viviana Villamarín, one of the spokespersons of the Feminist Movement, has pointed out that "these inequalities are manifested in diverse sexist violence, whose last step is murder".

So far this year, 9 women have been killed, victims of sexist violence.

Viviana Villamarín has affirmed that "these murders are only the tip of the iceberg, since there are political parties that currently question the laws that protect the life and integrity of women as full citizens, wanting to suppress in their electoral programs the Law on Gender Violence or the LGTBI Equality Law ".

On January 26, at the 8M State Meeting that took place in Valencia, different acts of protest were agreed in support of the Strike.

Another of the spokespersons, Caridad Blázquez, has detailed the actions that will begin on February 14:

On February 14 will celebrate the Day of San Violentín, where women will take to the streets to "encourage new ways of relating, with respect, fairness and responsible consumption because romantic love presents women as an object and not as a subject "

On February 16, on the Day of the Markets, the Feminist Movement will distribute information leaflets in the Santa Florentina Market.

On February 23, at the Plaza de San Francisco, at 12 o'clock, there will be a placard workshop where banners and slogans will be held for the demonstration on March 8.

On Saturday, February 16 and 23 and March 2, information tables will be held in the squares and neighborhoods of the city.

From 1 to 7 March, also, information tables will be held.

On March 8, in the morning, informative brochures will be distributed of the demonstration that will take place, at 7:00 p.m., from the Plaza de España to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

EDUCATIONAL STRIKE

In addition to the general strike, all female students and teachers have been called to an educational strike because according to Estefanía Inglés, spokesperson for the Feminist Movement, "young women continue to suffer harassment because they are women in the classrooms, corridors and in networks social".

Estefanía English has pointed out that "affective-sexual education is fundamental for youth to learn to relate in a healthy manner on a physical, psychological and emotional level, in addition, it is the principle of the eradication of relationships of power or submission that are rebounding in recent times among the youngest. "

CARE STRIKE

Another of the axes of this strike is the strike called for those women who are dedicated to the care of minors, the elderly and families.

Esperanza Vildarraz said that "it is necessary to put life once in the center and take charge among all to take care of it and not make it the second job of women"

In addition, he explained that for this to happen "real policies of equitable distribution of the upbringing or care of the elderly and the involvement of the public administration are needed so that the cost of care does not fall entirely on the families".

CONSUMER STRIKE

Women are the biggest consumers since they are responsible for organizing the pantries and the cupboards of the houses.

For that reason, the spokeswoman Sandra Gómez has explained that for March 8 a consumer strike has been called "because if women stop, the markets, bars and stores are emptied".

The spokeswoman of the Feminist Movement of Cartagena has qualified that this strike, in addition, to fight for a social and environmentally economic economic model, fights for the VAT reduction of products of first necessity for the health of women because "we pay the same VAT as for the caviar. "

LABOR STRIKE

Finally, a labor strike has been called, seconded by the unions, to fight against the wage gap or as Caridad Blázquez says "the concrete roof".

The spokeswoman concluded that "if we earn a lower salary for the same work, not only are our employers stealing from us, but when we are older and we reach the time of retirement we will receive some minor pensions, making our lives even more precarious".

Therefore, "if they think they can pay us less for being women, they can do the work without us".

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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