Lucía Benavides is a Barcelona-based reporter, producer and writer. Originally from Argentina, she was raised in Texas from a young age. She has years of experience in radio reporting, feature writing and international coverage — having filed from Spain, Italy, Ireland, Senegal and Russia. Before Barcelona, Lucía worked at the NPR affiliate in Austin, Texas.
On the predominantly Catholic island, abortion is illegal under all circumstances. During the pandemic, activists have strengthened networks to increase access to abortion information and services.
New legislation introduced during the pandemic in Europe, including Spain's northeast region of Catalonia, allows women to conduct nearly every abortion appointment online.
Over the past week, thousands of protesters rallied in rapper Pablo Hasél’s defense while hundreds of artists — including Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar and actor Javier Bardem — signed petitions calling for his release.
Lifestyle & Belief
Starting this year, fathers in Spain have four months of federal mandated paid leave — the same amount of time mothers have had for years. While that puts Spain ahead of many European countries, some critics say the law won't do much to change gender norms and roles.
LGBTQ and feminist activists have spearheaded a movement to use the letter “e” to diverge from the binary structure of masculine "o" or feminine "a" in Spanish. But the Royal Spanish Academy, the leading authority on Spanish grammar and vocabulary, has yet to recognize the need for this shift.
About 20,000 African migrants have reached the Spanish archipelago this year, half of whom arrived in the last two months alone. More than 500 have died attempting the journey.
Many of the women artists who made a name for themselves in the early 20th century and other periods have long been kept out of the spotlight. Some historians, museum curators and artists and writers are trying to change that.
Catholic and conservative groups are slowly chipping away at abortion rights in Italy, where abortion has been legal since 1978.
Lifestyle & Belief
La Castanyada, or “chestnut feast," is a centuries-old Catalan tradition celebrated on Oct. 31. But for the past two decades — thanks in part to the increasing influence of American cinema and TV — stores have stopped decorating with chestnuts and instead turn to skulls, pumpkins and witches.
Joaquín Salvador Lavado, better known by his pen name, Quino — the creator of Latin America’s most beloved comic strip — died last Wednesday in his home of Mendoza, Argentina, at 88.