He feminism has taken the streets of barcelona this March 8 and has shown, for yet another year, that it maintains its mobilizing capacity. Nails 40,000 women according to the Urban Police and 60,000 according to the organization (the Assemblea 8M) have toured the center of the city this Wednesday behind a large banner that read: ‘Feminist vague against the racist and capitalist patriarchal cishetero system’. But it has also been possible to read many other more ingenious ones, like the one that said: ‘My menstrual cup in Abascal’s mouth’.

    The march started at 6:30 p.m. University square; An hour later, while the header reached the Plaza de Tetuán, there were still many protesters at the Universitat unable to boot. Some took advantage of dog the patriarchy. The day has passed at all times in an environment festive, of endurance and, above all, of celebration of diversity.

    “On March 8, everything goes out the work of feminism throughout the year. We today put the focus on the LGBTI violence, in the immigration law and we also ask for closure of foreign detention centers (CIE)”, pointed to this newspaper Natalia Camara, member of the Assembly 8M.

    This entity celebrates the unity of the catalan feminist movement, unlike the man from Madrid, marked by schism. Two separate demonstrations have once again been held in the Spanish capital: that of the 8M Commission (supported by Irene Montero’s Ministry of Equality) and that of the Feminist Movement of Madrid, contrary to the trans law and that calls for the resignation of Montero.

    Nothing of this separation has been seen in Barcelona, although there were posters, made individually, that called for “feminist unity”. “The Catalan feminist movement is clear that trans people are part of this movement and everything that implies more rights for them, such as trans law, is a conquest of the feminist movement”, càmara certified. In the background chants such as: ‘We want to cremate this system, we want to cremate the patriarchate.’ And more banners: ‘You get tired of hearing it; us, to live it’.

    Fear of losing achievements

    Mercè Caparrós, almost 73 years old, and Dora Ardanaz, 78, are two of the protesters. They claim to be in the mobilization to vindicate “the fight of the feminist woman.” “We are one of the first feminist fighters”, they say proudly. And they don’t hide their fear that the gains made are lost. “Look at how many women complain about how badly their partners treat them,” comments Caparrós.

    Still, they admit that life is better now than when they were young. “There is more security. And, in addition, you can study”, Ardanaz comments to this journalist. What both regret the most is, precisely, not being able to go to university. “Of course we would have liked to study, but then you only studied one vocational training which was called practical trade to be administrative either secretaries. Those of us who wanted to make a career couldn’t,” laments Caparrós.

    ‘The feminization of poverty is sexist violence’ or ‘Estic fins els ovaris de tants collons’ These are other banners that have been read. Cèlia Barahona and Clàudia Marimon-Clos, 17 years old, are among the youngest protesters. “Despite our age, we have already experienced situations on the street,” Barahona says. Marimon-Clos is more precise: “No one has the right to tell you ‘what tits you have’ just because you are a woman.”

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    It is the first time that the latter has come to the demonstration on March 8, but Barahona came for the first time in 2018, accompanied by her mother. That was the first historic demonstration of 8M in Spain (Barcelona alone took 200,000 women onto the streets), motivated by the sentence of ‘The Pack’.

    For Carla Bossi, of the Construïm Juntes association (composed of construction women), the most important thing on March 8 is to remember women “all the work done and the one that remains to be done”. Next to her, Laia Boixart, asks for one thing: “I have teenage children who have a hard time interpreting feminist discourse. We have to tell men that we want them to be part of our movement.

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