A show of strength for International Women’s Day

Last year's Women's Day demonstration in Malaga.
Last year's Women's Day demonstration in Malaga. / SUR
  • A demonstration takes place in Malaga city on Sunday evening while other events are planned by multinational groups in both Malaga and Granada provinces

Women along the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical will be coming together to mark International Women’s Day, which is on 8 March.

A demonstration will be taking place on the streets of Malaga, starting at 6pm on the Alameda de Colón (on the corner of Avenida Manuel Agustín Heredia). It will march through the city centre, finishing on Plaza de la Constitution where a manifesto will be read in Spanish.

Other smaller events are being organised in a number of towns and villages across the province on the same day and will take place at 12pm to allow people to get to the Malaga demonstration. These are: Benalmádena’s Casa de la Cultura, Torre del Mar’s Paseo Larios, and outside the town halls of Villanueva de la Concepción, Cuevas de San Marco and Fuente de Piedra and Ronda, Martínez Astein to Alameda del Tajo.

Almargen is holding an event today, Friday, at 5pm on Plaza María Auxiliadora, Benaoján on Monday 9 on Plaza San Marcos and in Estepona on Saturday 7 at 7pm on Plaza Antonio Guerrero.

From workshops to prayer

Costa Women are holding their ‘Make it Happen’ conference from 11 to 13 March at Andalucía Lab in Marbella. The three-day event includes networking events, talks, workshops and a gala dinner. Booking can be made via the Costa Women website and the event costs 59 euros.

Lux Mundi in Torre del Mar is inviting women to join them for World Day of Prayer, which is today. The event will be taking place at Torre del Mar’s San Andrés church (opposite Paseo Larios) and will start at 5pm.

Each year World Day of Prayer, which is organised by the Women’s Christian Movement, invites a different country to choose a theme and lead the activities. This year it is the turn of Zimbabwe and the theme is ‘Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk’. Gloria Uribe, Director of Lux Mundi, said that they will be praying for the women of Zimbabwe and using texts prepared by the women from there.

In Almuñécar, 11 women from the USA, Canada, Ireland and the UK will be reading monologues written by local resident, Lesley Hart, in collaboration with Almuñécar’s International Women’s Club.

Other activities include an art exhibition, workshops and concerts at the Casa de la Cultura between 6 and 8 March. ‘Putting Words into our Mouths, Monologues of Marvellous Women’, will be performed on 8 March at 5.30pm in English and 7pm in Spanish.

In Ronda, as well as the demonstration on 8 March, there will be a flamenco show ‘Flamenco por la Igualdad’ (flamenco for equality) with singer Laura Vital at the Vicente Espinel theatre at 7pm. Invitations can be obtained from the Casa de la Cultura.

In light of the current coronavirus scare, while women are not being discouraged from attending events, Fernando Simón, who is responsible for the national coordination of health alert, has said that anyone showing symptoms “must not attend any 8 March events” and in places where it is traditional to kiss sacred monuments, people are being advised not to do so.