Madrid (EFE).- The Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, has considered that it is time to rethink Spain’s strategy in the war in Ukraine and, therefore, to recognize that “having contributed to the scale of the war this year has been a mistake.”
She did so during her speech at the round table “The defense of peace for the feminist agenda” within the International Feminist Meeting, which focused on the war in Ukraine and how feminists can contribute to the reconstruction of peace, ” a task -he said- to which we have to dedicate ourselves with all our strength”.
After recalling that this Friday marked one year since Vladimir Putin’s “criminal invasion” of Ukraine and showing his solidarity with all the civilian victims “and also the military”, Belarra acknowledged that the ceasefire is more difficult today than it was a year ago. year, but, at the same time, it is more urgent to achieve it.
“This war is going to end with a ceasefire or else in the first world confrontation between nuclear powers, and today we are closer to the second than to the first,” he warned.
For this reason, he has considered that “it is time to rethink our methods, our strategy, to recognize that having contributed to the war escalation this year has been a mistake” since it has not served to help the Ukrainian people, but only “to tell United States that we are your preferred allies”.
“A ceasefire is the fundamental and most important way to put an end once and for all to the loss of human lives and also to the millions of displaced persons,” Belarra stressed.
At a time when European leaders talk about the economy of war and making more efforts, Belarra has defended that Spain does not need more tanks or more fighters or more soldiers, but to invest in more doctors and more teachers.
He has assured that there is no gap in the media “for anything other than the escalation of war” and has lamented that relevant figures such as the UN Secretary General or Pope Francis “have remained silent on this issue.”
As he has said, it has happened with political forces and political representatives “who have stood for peace and have received brutal media harassment.”
In her opinion, the logic of war collides “frontally” with the logic of feminism, which is the logic of life. And “when you have to make a political decision,” he pointed out, “the logic you are applying is key.”
For this reason, he has insisted that every euro that is allocated to fighters or tanks is a euro that is not invested in social rights.
“Feminism can help us think about how to build peace in Ukraine and in other conflicts,” she stressed.
The Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, has followed the table in which Belarra has participated together with the Colombian activist and senator María José Pizarro, and the Sudanese activist Alaa Salah and Melike Yasar, representative of the Kurdistan Women’s Movement, among others .