Valladolid (EFE).- Thousands of women and men have come out this Wednesday through the streets of the main cities of Castilla y León on International Women’s Day to raise their voices against the “denial” of gender violence and ” setbacks” in terms of equality.
With weather that has not accompanied most of the Community, with rains that have reduced attendance at the events called by the feminist platforms, the 8M has been held in Castilla y León in an environment marked by the national debate on the ‘trans law’, which has caused two different demonstrations to take place in cities like León, although those contrary to this law have been in the minority.
Division in Leon
The demonstration called by the León Feminist Movement, which has brought together half a thousand people, started shortly after half past six from the Ordoño II City Council, where its spokesperson, Ercina Gutiérrez, explained that the division is due to the fact that They defend different claims.
He has specified that his rejection of the trans law is due to the fact that they cannot defend gender identity because they consider that gender is a “social construction that must be abolished”.
He added that “the trans law allows the hormonal use of minors” and they defend that childhood must “develop and grow in freedom: because they do not conform to sexist or gender stereotypes, they cannot be considered trans,” added Gutiérrez.
More numerous has been the demonstration called by the 8M Commission, which has brought together some 2,500 people, according to sources from the Local Police, who have toured the center of the city.
Before starting in the Plaza de Guzmán, its spokesperson, Yolanda Rodríguez, remarked that “the fight belongs to all women without exclusions, especially those who have always been on the margins and have made it easier for others to overcome glass ceilings. , that is, the migrants, the gypsies, the precarious, the racialized and the trans”.
“Gallardo, listen to our heartbeat”
The demonstrations for 8M have also taken place separately in Valladolid, but due to a union issue and not related to this law, where banners such as “Gallardo, listen to our heartbeat” have been read, alluding to the controversial protocol announced by the Board aimed at reducing abortions in the Community by listening to the fetal heartbeat.
Two marches with more than a thousand people who have faced the rain with some common demands but who have left in opposite directions, the first one that has culminated in the main square of the city and the one of the Block, which has ended in the Vadillos square to vindicate not only the feminist fight but also the fight against capital.
“We want to show our concern for the political moment that we are experiencing in Castilla y León, because we are seeing that rights that we had conquered are being questioned and we want to call on the government to come to its senses, to realize that the policies of equality are necessary, education in equality and co-responsibility”, has affirmed the spokesperson of the Women’s Coordinator, Yolanda Martín.
His partner on the board of directors of this group, María Luisa López, has stressed that “an educational process” is necessary and to focus more on prevention and not so much on the consequences -violence or sex- to change mentalities and “stop to think that feminism is divided or that it goes against men”.
A multitude of posters and slogans such as ‘Live, free, united for equality’ have been crossed in a demonstration with a large presence of women of all ages and some representatives of municipal political life.
In Zamora, some five hundred people have demonstrated in Zamora behind a banner that read “United Women in Feminist Struggle” and along with other banners and posters alluding to the demands of the Zamora Feminist Assembly that called for the mobilization.
The conveners have put aside the differences that could exist within the group on issues such as the so-called ‘only yes is yes’ law or the ‘trans’ law to show themselves united and denounce the threat posed by the Government of the Junta de Castilla and León for the right to voluntary termination of pregnancy, as the group’s spokesperson, Elena García, has assured journalists.
In Segovia, some 1,500 people have marched from the roundabout of the Monument to Transhumance along Paseo Ezequiel González to the Plaza del Acueducto, led by a banner with the slogan “Our rights do not go backwards, they advance.”
Fuencisla Romero, a member of the 8M Assembly, has indicated in statements to the media that the motto refers to the latest attempts by the autonomous government to restrict the rights of women.
Rest of the Community
In Salamanca, the demonstration called by the feminist movement has advanced from Plaza Concordia quickly due to the heavy rain behind a banner that read: “All free, with rights and without oppression” and shouting “down with the patriarchy” .
In Burgos, hundreds of people have also taken to the streets on Women’s Day despite the persistent rain that has accompanied the tour of the city center.
Among the demands, all the leaders have insisted on real equality, the abolition of prostitution and ending rent bellies.
Finally, in Soria, a thousand people have left the Plaza Mayor of the capital in a tour that has ended in the Plaza de las Mujeres.EFE