On the day when millions of people in the world express their rejection of violence against women, the president of the Huelva Provincial Council, María Eugenia Limón; the mayor of the capital, Gabriel Cruz; the Director of Equality and Attention to Diversity of the University of Huelva, Cinta Martos; the territorial delegate for Equality, Social Policies and Conciliation, Manuel Antonio Conde del Río; and the subdelegate of the Government, Manuela Parralo, have made public the Manifesto 25N of Huelva institutions, which this year puts the emphasis on rural women and their special vulnerability Faced with this social scourge that so far this year has claimed the lives of 37 women in Spain.
The act, in which a minute of silence was observed by the victims of gender violence, was presented by the spokesman for the Government Team of the Huelva Provincial Council, Salvador Gómez.
According to data from the Government Delegation for Gender Violence, since these murders began to be counted in 2003 to date, 1,115 women have been murdered by their partners or ex-partners. The year 2020 closed with 45 murdered women. Of these 45 cases, 20% took place in Andalusia, this being the autonomous community with the highest number of murders.
As stated in the Manifesto, gender relations are less egalitarian for women living in rural areas, so the Andalusian Provincial Councils and the institutions that have made the document public commit themselves, in line with the requests of the feminist movement and of women’s associations, to improve the care of victims in rural areas.
For this, the Huelva institutions have shown their commitment, among other actions, to reinforce and implement public employment policies aimed at women victims who live in rural areas, favoring the involvement of local businesses in their socio-labor insertion; to promote rural women’s associations as a shield and safe space against gender violence; and to support the implementation of the Law of Shared Ownership of Agricultural Operations, to make visible the invisible work of many women in the agricultural sector and improve their economic independence.
Also, and among other measures aimed at facilitating rural women to escape violence, the document includes the commitment to continue working on the empowerment of rural women, favoring the development of essential proximity resources and services aimed at care for victims of gender violence.
The Manifesto, agreed by the eight Andalusian Provincial Councils, also echoes the violence that uses the most vulnerable people, boys and girls, to harm their mothers: vicarious violence, which “breaks us as a society”.
The Manifesto concludes with the commitment of the Huelva institutions with “the victims, with society and with the future” and the promise of “not taking a step back in our struggle for a fairer, freer and more egalitarian society.”
The reading of the Manifesto, which has concluded with a performance starring 14 students from the Higher Level Training Cycle in Promotion of Gender Equality of the IES La Orden de Huelva and two young people from the Luna Association for Women with Disabilities, has been the most institutional program of activities for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is celebrated this year under the slogan “Gender-based violence, drop by drop, destroys lives.”
END OF THE “STOP VIOLENCIA MACHISTA” CAMPAIGN
With the delivery of signs against gender violence to 17 city councils in the province, the Huelva Provincial Council closes the awareness campaign “Stop sexist violence”, coordinated by the eight Andalusian Provincial Councils to reinforce the message of fight against this social scourge.
The Town Halls that have received these awards today are: Alájar, Aljaraque, Cortelazor, Fuenteheridos, Galaroza, La Granada de Riotinto, La Palma del Condado, La Redondela, La Zarza-Perrunal, Lepe, Palos de la Frontera, Rosal de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Guadiana, Santa Olalla del Cala, Tharsis, Valdelarco and Villanueva de las Cruces.
The campaign began in July 2018 with the display of six of these signs in different locations of the provincial institution, such as the main entrance of Gran Vía, accesses to Fernando el Catolico and San Salvador streets, Ibero-American Athletics Stadium, Development headquarters. Local and Muelle de las Carabelas.
In November 2018, the provincial institution carried out the first delivery of signals to 10 municipalities in the province. Since then, coinciding with the celebrations of International Women’s Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, these badges have been awarded until all municipalities in the province have been completed.
The main objective of the campaign is to visually show the rejection of all forms of violence against women, so the signs identify the places where they are shown as spaces free of gender violence. The symbol of the campaign is a traffic sign in the shape of a heart that marks the “no to sexist violence” as a clear and resounding direction.