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Irene Montero says that the strength of feminism will not be measured this year on the street

An image of Irene Montero in the act

An image of Irene Montero in the act

The Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, assured this Sunday that feminism is stronger than ever and that this March 8 You will not be able to measure its strength by how full the streets are, due to the restrictions due to the pandemic, but due to the profound social transformation that it poses.

Those who intend to measure the strength of the movement are going to be wrong by how crowded the streets and squares are. (…) This 8M we are not going to be able to gather our bodies in the streets as we are used to always doing, but make no mistake, our strength will not be in how many women we manage to go out on the 8th to the street “, has Montero asserted at the “Feminist Power” conference organized by United We Can.

The Equality Minister has defended that feminism is stronger than ever in a time of pandemic in which women have sustained the country and in which there is a serious risk of a decades-long setback in the rights of women, especially the most vulnerable.

“We knew it was going to be difficult, but knowing it is not the same as living it”

Montero has been moved to recognize the work of the team of the Ministry of Equality because “he has had a part of the fight in which he has to put his body” to achieve that certain rights are institutionalized: “We knew it was going to be difficult, but knowing it is not the same as living it.”

In this sense, the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has denounced that Montero is suffering “absolutely immoral personal harassment and unheard of that crosses all the red lines “.” To do politics is to roll up your sleeves when they are badly given. (…) It is worth getting tired, but it is not worth giving up, “stressed Montero.

The head of Equality has argued that it has been a very difficult year for the health, economic and social emergency, also for the right-wing “campaign” to target and criminalize women and the feminist movement, which has the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso as “a of the biggest representatives “.

“They know that feminism is stronger than ever, that is why it is the enemy to beat,” he said, to regret that “campaigns of subsidence, humiliation, ridicule and individual discredit” are carried out of women who dare to raise the voice to say they are feminist, lesbian, racialized or migrant.

The Equality team, the minister said, has given “the battle for the institutional recognition of rights that are a unanimous cry in the feminist movement: from the law of only yes is yes, to the LGTBI law, to the fight against sexual exploitation and reproductive exploitation, to the fight for the guarantee of the rights of trans people “. In his opinion, feminism calls with a “unanimous cry” for the defense of these rights and the guarantee of lives worth living.

The Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has stated that she is proud of what United We can contribute to the cause of equality in Spain, working for the rights of “all women, one by one.”

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