Men must take responsibility for ending sexist behavior and gender-based violence, according to a group of celebrities including filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, who spoke at an event on Thursday to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, EURACTIV partner EFE reported .
“Taking advantage of the fact that a girl is drunk to make out with her”, “doubting her relationship with her friends”, “controlling her social media” or “following a woman on the street” are just a few examples Violence and sexism behavior, the participants told Efeminista, the EFE project dedicated to gender issues.
“I would tell younger people that their first contact with sex and with the pleasure of the senses should not be through porn (…) that the reality of a relationship between a man and a woman leads to other paths of mutuality and respect”, called Almodóvar .
On Thursday, all Spanish political parties with the exception of the far-right VOX agreed to renew the state pact against gender-based violence, which should expire in September 2022 and which will make it possible to “protect” its funding, reported EFE.
This political consensus “is the basis” for promoting effective public policies in order to achieve “the common goal of the complete elimination of violence against women,” said the President of the Spanish Parliament, Meritxel Batet, on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the 16-day international campaign #OrangeTheWorld, led by UN Women, has started in Brussels to encourage people around the world to stand up and take action against gender-based violence.
The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), an umbrella network of European women’s associations based in Brussels, has called on the European Commission to call for a “courageous horizontal directive to combat and prevent violence against women and girls”. More than 60 EU legislators supported the call.
(Fernando Heller | EuroEFE.EURACTIV.es)