Of all the social injustices we suffer, violence by men is the worst. Worldwide, the leading cause of death for women is violence, ahead of other diseases.
March 8 is approaching and Barcelona is full of protest activities on the occasion of International Women's Day. A year ago, we took part in a massive march without knowing that the pandemic was looming, and without knowing what a difficult year it was going to be for so many women, because, as we’ve learned, every crisis affects women twice as much.
The pandemic has exposed the prisons of coexistence in which women who are victims of violence live, it has highlighted the inequality in care and parenting tasks, it has promoted the renunciation of empowerment, and it has increased economic and rights precariousness, giving poverty a woman’s face.
We always say that every day is March 8, since we work our fingers to the bone daily fighting for the rights of all women and against inequality. The maximum expression of inequality between men and women in this society is Sexist Violence, and that’s where our work is. Of all the social injustices we suffer, violence by men is the worst. Worldwide, the leading cause of death for women is violence, ahead of other diseases.
We work for the empowerment of women, starting with the psychological and emotional recovery of women who’ve suffered sexist violence. We’re achieving incredible results—women show that it’s possible, that we can. We’re removing stigmas, and women redirect their lives with freedom and without fear, without further victimization. Mothers who’ve received help stop the generational transmission of violence, teaching their daughters and sons to be free, to keep their self-esteem and to flee from relationships of domination. Our work is of the utmost importance, that’s why we’ve been at the forefront during 2020, carrying out our aid project.
We know that one can escape violence, you can get out with help and with commitment, a social commitment and a commitment on the part of governments, institutions and the whole of society. It’s mandatory to change this world, and we, who make up half the population, have a lot to say. It’s time for our voices to be heard, it’s time to denounce, it’s time to shout, our lives are at stake.