SPAIN: FEMALE PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC SPACES IS IN DANGER

SPAIN: FEMALE PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC SPACES IS IN DANGER


Nightlife, while enjoyable, is dangerous. Between music, shots of alcohol and wild dancing, some of the darkest activities are hidden: drug use, kidnapping, rape and everything that darkness and murder can hide from view.

In recent months, we have seen how discos and nightclubs throughout Spain have been attacked with a new form of violence: the so-called “pricks”.

The idea? Simple. Take advantage of the scandal and the proximity of the bodies to inject unknown substances. Most of the victims are young and attractive women. The objective? It remains a partial mystery. After all, although there are some cases where attempted kidnapping and rape occur, there are much more cases where the victim is not attacked or does not even feel symptoms.

After reviewing the cases, many came to speculate about the reason behind all this. It was concluded that, although many punctures were there with the purposes that we already imagine, others seemed more than anything a measure of psycho-terror. I mean, a bunch of people sticking needles or anything else into nightclub girls just to make them believe they are or were in some way close to robbery or chemical submission sexual abuse video porno.

DANGER IN NIGHT CENTERS

Faced with this situation, where the lack of explanations only generates entropy, Minister Pilar Llop did not take long to speak out. According to an interview granted to TVE recently, she considers this fact as a macho way of expelling women from public and leisure spaces.

Llop indicated that, according to her, the greatest danger was her enigmatic nature. After all, it is a phenomenon about which very little is known, since there are few cases where the aggressor has been captured to get some information from him. The little information about the motives of the crime makes it very difficult to measure the proportion of its implications.

DANGER IN NIGHT CENTERS

 

HOW DOES THE STATE RESPOND?

Given the situation, and hoping to give continuity to the cases in order to develop a response mechanism, the minister invited the victims to follow the regular channels. That is, go immediately to the security service of the establishment. Subsequently, go to the nearest health center to undergo a review and file a complaint.

The minister placed special emphasis on this last point, explaining that, if there are no formal complaints, an investigation cannot be carried out and the patterns of each registered case cannot be analyzed. So, as a consequence, these acts of “gender violence” will continue to go unpunished.

She invited young women not to feel collective fear of this situation, as she assured that the State has the mechanisms to protect them and help them in case something like this happens to them.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUFFER FROM A PUNCTURE?

The first thing you should NOT do is start trying to draw conclusions or tie up loose ends. It is counterproductive, although it seems otherwise, to try to dissuade if we are facing the prick of some drug or a simple pin. This is not the time to think, but to act. After all, the first few minutes after the puncture are key to guaranteeing the safety and integrity of the victim.

The victim should immediately seek the company of any close friend or family member. This must be done within the first two minutes, which is when most drugs begin to act in the human body. Next, it is important to notify the security of the establishment. Many of them already have pre-established protocols for these cases.

Once this is done, the victim must go (always with company) to a health center immediately. There, the pertinent tests will be carried out to rule out drugs. Some health centers currently do other types of tests, such as HPV.

From there, the health center will guide the patient in the process of care and reporting of the case.

 

 

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Gender Discrimination

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Economic and Employment Opportunities

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Persistent gender disparity in economic opportunities and discrimination limit Ukrainian women from accessing employment. This situation has increased the gender gap, particularly in employment and promotion, and contributed to occupational gender segregation in the job market porno français. Women are often limited to what can be described as traditionally female occupational areas. These fields include education, social security, healthcare, public administration, and administrative and support services, where women are also subject to lower remuneration. Vertical segregation pushes women to occupy lower positions while men take over the top management positions across all sectors of the economy. 

 

Gender-Based Violence

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Consequences of Internal Displacements

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Maternal Health

 

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A call for African women worldwide

My name is Valerie Aoulou. This site is in memory of both my mother and sister: Marie Antoinette & Danielle Aoulou. This is also an attempt to carry on a part of my mum job which was to encourage the development of women through a television programme. I was born in 1977 and come from the Ivory Coast, very peaceful and fourishing country in west Africa up to 2001 where a military coup and unstability changed everything. I am currently living in the UK and have decided to create this site following my personal lost. Somehow, I felt It was time to put my ideas in practice.

This site draws portraits for both my late mother and sister. It is also an awakening call for African and all Women worldwide to connect through their keyboard and interact to find out more about themselves in society today and all the basic things that are still denied to some of us: Education, Respect, right to choose, freedom of speech, etc
This was started by my mother in her job as a journalist and reporter for the development of women and by the way my sister lived her life.
I am aiming to hve a list of members thorugh this website and the ability to influence decision about women conditions worldwide by signing nd sending petitions to relevant bodies.

“In Memory of You Maman”
I hate the way I am feeling right now
I am so empty and low
My head is filled up with memories
I want to scream but my voice is gone
I just want to see her again

No I do not want to cry cry
All I want you to know is that I LOVE YOU SO MUCH

As usual it is too late
You loved me though I gave you grief
I could never say how grateful I am
Worst never to show you how much you counted

The best gift is priceless
My children will know you as I did
You will always dwell in us
FOR LOVE IS INTANGIBLE AND LAST FOREVER

“In memory of You Danielle”

Your light went off four years ago
You were my big sister
We had our good times and our bad times
You never ever failed to love me though
How near or far you always cared
Nothing in what you were or did will ever shame me
My heart bled the day you left
I was already so faraway from you
Your sudden departure did not shorten the distance
I know I will see you again
I need to become an angel though first
Cause that is exactly what you are now
I love you and I miss you porno

Vers un nouveau contrat entre les sexes

Les relations entre femmes et hommes, les jeunes femmes dans l’éducation, l’emploi, la santé, la violence, les médias, la prise de décision et la législation européenne de l’égalité femmes-hommes: tels sont les thèmes que de jeunes Européennes ont choisi d’analyser dans ce guide pour montrer où en sont les progrès pour l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes en Europe et ce que l’Union européenne peut apporter au débat. Ce guide a été conçu par des jeunes femmes pour des jeunes femmes, comme un outil de sensibilisation et de lobbying en faveur de l’égalité des chances pour les jeunes femmes dans l’Union européenne. Elles veulent ainsi faciliter le débat dans les Etats membres. Les thèmes ne sont bien sûr pas exhaustifs : ils reflètent plutôt certaines des préoccupations des jeunes femmes dans l’Union européenne.

Pour chaque thème, « Les faits » donnent une vue d’ensemble de la situation des jeunes femmes en Europe, « Le droit » cite les principales actions et la législation européenne sur le sujet et « Les idées des jeunes femmes » avance leurs recommandations concrètes pour progresser vers l’égalité entre femmes et hommes sur ce thème précis. Ce dernier chapitre reprend les avis exprimés par autant de jeunes femmes que possible. Il est évident qu’il ne reflète pas l’éventail complet des opinions de toutes les jeunes femmes. Les idées des jeunes femmes ont été rassemblées au cours de réunions et par des questionnaires, via le réseau de jeunes femmes créé par le Lobby européen des femmes (LEF) dans le cadre de son projet « Mobiliser les jeunes femmes pour l’égalité ». Ce projet, lancé par le LEF en juillet 1999, vise à sensibiliser les jeunes femmes de l’Union européenne aux problèmes de l’égalité des sexes. L’objectif est d’encourager l’intégration des intérêts des jeunes femmes dans les décisions politiques nationales et européennes et de créer un réseau européen de jeunes femmes.

Le projet est un modèle en matière d’égalité en Europe: il est l’un des rares à avoir créé un réseau européen de jeunes femmes, et il a déjà dépassé le cercle des jeunes femmes et hommes « organisés », déjà sensibilisés, pour toucher des jeunes qui ignoraient tout de la pensée en termes de genre et des discussions sur l’égalité.

Les faits: la double vie des femmes
Grâce au combat pour les droits de la femme, à leur participation croissante au marché du travail, au droit de vote, à la généralisation de la contraception (et donc la possibilité pour les femmes de choisir si et quand elles veulent des enfants), les femmes sont sorties de la sphère privée et familiale dans laquelle elles étaient reléguées. Elles ont brisé le contrat social implicite, qui, depuis plus de 2000 ans, les cantonnaient au foyer, à l’éducation des enfants, aux tâches domestiques, au travail dans les champs, tandis que les hommes travaillaient à l’extérieur du foyer.

Mais si les femmes ont gagné le droit d’être des citoyennes, des travailleuses, la répartition classique des tâches au travail aussi bien qu’au foyer pèse toujours, même dans les jeunes couples. Les femmes ne peuvent pas se reposer sur leurs lauriers. Elles ont une carrière, un travail, des responsabilités professionnelles, mais continuent d’être en grande partie chargées des enfants, des tâches domestiques, des soins aux personnes de leur entourage (dont les besoins augmentent avec le vieillissement de la population). Elles cumulent donc un emploi avec une vie familiale à plein temps.

En plus des problèmes techniques pour faire face à leur « double vie », comme le manque de crèches abordables, la nécessité de prendre parfois un emploi à temps partiel, les jeunes femmes expriment souvent la peur de ne pas être à la hauteur sur les deux plans simultanément. Peur de sacrifier leurs enfants à leur carrière ou crainte de devoir renoncer à leur carrière pour être une « bonne mère », les femmes font face à un poids de responsabilités et de pressions que leurs partenaires n’ont pas à subir.

The European Women’s Lobby project “Mobilising Young Women for Equality in Europe”

In July 1999, the EWL began a project called ” Mobilising Young Women for Equality in Europe” The overall objective of this project was to create awareness and facilitate debates among young women in the European Union about equality through an increased mobilization of young women in organised actions at national and European level.

The project was organised around a network of young co-ordinators in the 15 Member States of the European Union and a central coordination from the EWL Secretariat in Brussels.

Results so far
European and national seminars took place from November 1999 until June 2000. Theses meetings had several aims: discussing equality issues; awareness raising; establishing contacts.

The second European seminar brought together all national coordinators on 29 June – 1 July 2000, in Lisbon, Portugal, in concluding the seminar, the “Young Women’s Manifesto” was launched.

In Lisbon, the “Young Women’s European Network” was also inaugurated. It is a platform for discussion, and an access point of information on young women and equality in Europe. It also functions as a representation of young women’s opinions for decision makers and women’s organisations. Equally national networks of young women are being set up, or are already established in the EU Member States.

The Young Women’s Guide for Equality in Europe

Relationships between women and men, young women in education, employment, health, violence, the media, decision-making and European legislation on equality between women and men: these are the themes that young European women have chosen to analyse in the Young Women’s Guide. The aim is to highlight where progress has been made towards equality between women and men in Europe and to identify how the European Union can contribute to further progress.

This guide was designed by young women for young women, as a resource for raising awareness, to support lobbying actions in Europe Union and to facilitate debate in the Member States. The themes of this guide are by no means all encompassing; rather, they reflect a number of the key concerns of young women in the European Union.

For each theme, “The Facts” provides an overview of the situation of young women in Europe, “The Law” lists the main actions taken and European legislation on the subject and “Young Women’s Ideas” outlines the specific recommendations of young women for ongoing progress between women and men on each theme. This final section incorporates the opinions of many different young women, although of course it does not reflect the complete range of all young women’s opinions or the full diversity of women’s lives.

The project was partly funded by the European Commission under the 4th Action Programme on Equal Opportunities. The partners were the Portuguese Minister for Equality and the Portuguese as well as the Swedish EWL co-ordinations.