By Isha Sesay •
Published: 25 Nov 2019 • 10:36
RALLY: A demonstration against gender violence was held on Sunday night in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Credit: Laura Becerra.
HUNDREDS of people have taken part in demonstrations across Mallorca, Spain to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The main rally was held on Sunday, November 24 in Palma de Mallorca, bringing together school children, members of the council and associations who in solidarity with victims of gender violence.
Made up of around 200 people, the group marched through the most central streets of the capital dressed in black and purple, holding slogans to denounce the increasing violence against women in society.
Organised by the Mallorca Feminist Movement, the objective of the protest was to not only remember those who had lost their lives through gender violence, but to support the many brave victims who have decided to speak out.
In Alcúdia, flowers were left for Xue Sandra Saura who was burned alive by her partner in 2016. In Alaró, a protest took place under the motto ‘not one less’ and in Andratx, a solidarity march was participated by residents.
Around 80 schools throughout Mallorca also joined the international day of remembrance, organising various events to educate children on gender violence. This year, a special programme of activities was held at Joan Veny Clar de Campos, the school attended by the children of Benita Buñola, the woman who was brutally attacked by her ex-partner with a hammer.
We at Euro Weekly News understand that this year, the National Police in Spain have assisted nearly 35,000 victims of gender violence, with Ana Botella, the Secretary of State for Security, stating that the battle against the crime is a priority for the country.
The System of Integral Monitoring of the Ministry of Interior also revealed that by the end of September of this year, there were 2,670 active cases of gender violence being dealt with by the police.
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