The people of Malaga took to the streets last Saturday to raise their voices and demand an end to violence against women, a problem that has caused the deaths of 45 women and eight children this year. Over a thousand men, women, families and young people, many of them representing charities, political parties and companies, joined the demonstration called by the organisation against the mistreatment of women, Violencia Cero, to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Protesters wore purple scarves as they walked through main streets in Malaga city centre to condemn the humiliation, emotional and sexual abuse as well as cyber bulling suffered by thousands of women daily.
Several slogans, that could be translated as “Sexism Kills”, “We Want to Live. No More Deaths”, “We are Together in the Fight”, “We Want to be Free, not Brave, “Sexism is Terrorism”, “More Education and Less Violence”, “We don't Want to be Catcalled, We Want to be Respected” or “More Punishment for Murderers”, were written on placards carried by the participants in the protest, headed by a banner carrying the words “Ni una menos. ¡Nos queremos vivas!” (Not one more. We want to live!)
Protesters condemned violence against women as the most widespread form of terrorism in the world, and the most serious consequence of inequality, described by the United Nations as “the most covered up crime in the world”, according to Violencia Cero.
The leader of left-wing coalition IULV-CA in Andalucía, Antonio Maíllo, took part in the demonstration and called for a cross-party state pact which will have a zero tolerance policy against “not only 'macro' sexist attacks but also 'micro' sexism”. He also stressed the important role of schools in teaching respect and gender equality.
A group of protesters shouted “cutbacks also kill” at the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, who stressed the importance of education and working with society and administrations to fight against this type of violence.
The demonstration culminated in the Plaza de la Constitución with a reading out of the names of all the victims of violence against women this year. SUR journalist Ana Barreales read Violencia Cero's manifesto which stressed the recent statistics the figures revealing that in the first six months of this year in Malaga over 4,000 cases of domestic violence were reported and criticised the patriarchal system.
On the same day, another organisation, Malaga Feminista, held a silent march, in which over 100 women took part to remember the women killed by their partners over the past year.