Meaghan Beatley is a journalist based in Barcelona.
Chief among Vox’s anti-feminist measures is the repeal of a 2004 Gender Violence Law. The party also calls for the dissolution of federally funded feminist organizations; the creation of a Family Ministry in lieu of the current Gender Ministry; and removing sex change and abortion procedures from public health services.
Tens of thousands of people dressed in purple, the color traditionally associated with the women’s liberation movement, marched through the streets of major cities from Barcelona and Madrid to Seville and Toledo to mark the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Similar protests took place around the world, from Japan to Turkey to Rwanda.
Arts, Culture & Media
This is just the latest in an ongoing debate in Spain over Rosalía’s supposed appropriation of an art form with gitano origins.
Seizing on the national outrage, many women suggested either boycotting the Running of the Bulls or attending it dressed in black. Pamplona feminists ultimately rejected both forms of protest, calling them detrimental to their decadeslong work to “reclaim” the festival for women.
The crisis is now forcing West African countries fronting the Atlantic to fight one another over the fish that remain.
Conflict & Justice
Following a protracted trial many believe put the plaintiff under more scrutiny than the defendants, the men were condemned to nine years of prison each for the less severe crime of sexual abuse, instead of the 22 years and 10 months demanded by the prosecution.
In Senegal, an estimated 40,000 women work as fish processors. But a trifecta of problems — overfishing by foreign fleets, illegal fishing and climate change — is making fish scarce in the region and hitting processors the hardest. In an attempt to make ends meet, fishermen are selling what they are able to catch to fresh fish traders and export factories, who’ll pay more for a batch than the processors, leaving the women high and dry.
The young woman from Madrid, known only as la victima, “the victim,” in local media, was 18 when she claims she was raped by five men in the early morning hours of July 7, 2016.
A new grammar manual released this past September by the Hatier publishing house has plunged France into a heated debate over gender-inclusive writing.
Catalonia’s President Carles Puigdemont declared independence from Spain. The news, though hardly perceptible in the streets, was shouted loud and clear across social media channels with tweets reading, “Welcome to the Catalan Republic” and “Good morning Republic,” seemingly blind to the fact that hours after the proclamation, Spain revoked the region’s autonomy and imposed direct rule via a never-before-used constitutional provision known as Article 155.