Women Empowerment Worldwide | Spain

“Spanish women call strike to end macho culture”

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In this “Women Empowerment Worldwide” series for House of Notoire, women empowerment sceneries all over the globe will be researched and discussed with you. My ambition is to enlighten and inspire you with facts & figures on women empowerment you didn’t know yet - but which should definitely be a part of every girl’s cultural education. During the week I’m involved with TheNextWomen, where I’m responsible for the TNW women’s network and all of the events related to that. During the weekends I’m a freelance creative that loves to write about all things girlbossy. In between that, I’m a true globe wanderer and I try to discover new places as often as I can.

In this edition the Spanish phenomenon “el machismo” will be discussed, as mentioned in the introduction that appeared a couple of weeks ago. During my bachelor I’ve been dedicating myself to this topic and it still gets me every time I visit Spain, or better said, every country where the Spanish language is the native tongue. El machismo - literally meaning “male chauvinism” - is a well-known concept in these countries. This term suggests that the described society is male dominated in its fundaments. Which often results in inequality at home and at the workplace. High rates of domestic violence is an important issue that’s related to those results. Nevertheless: there has been a lot of (female) protest recently. Spanish women are standing up for their rights; as they should.

“Spanish women call strike to end macho culture” is one of the many headlines describing the nationwide strike that took place in Spain during International Women’s Day, March 8 2018. The strike revolved around equal rights: equal pay, was a fundamental motivation. Nevertheless, the strike went beyond the workplace and included all areas of female activity, including domestic tasks, family care and education. Whereas Northern European countries have made huge steps when it comes to equal pay and the “glass ceiling”, South European countries still remain behind. Spanish women make almost 15 percent less than men, for every hour they work, according to a European Commission study. “Together today we will stop the world and cry: Enough!” was one of the slogans of the day. Enough.

Maxime Eveline
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