Various feminist groups have organized for this Sunday and Monday about 60 concentrations for International Women’s Day, according to data provided to Europa Press by the Ministry of the Interior of the Generalitat.
The main one, called by Vaga Feminista, will be held on Monday on Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona at 6.30 p.m., between Avinguda Diagonal and Gran Via, in static format and “with all security measures” against Covid-19, according to the organizers.
Coinciding with the feminist strike called by the unions, it is expected that some 3,600 people will attend this mobilization, which is the maximum capacity foreseen for the eight sections in which the concentration will be divided, to respect the 2.5 square meters of separation between participants .
The Generalitat provides for the assistance of councilors Meritxell Budó, Àngels Ponsa and Ramon Tremosa; the president of the Catalan Women’s Institute, Laura Martínez, and the director of the body, Núria Ramon.
For 9 pm on Monday, Vaga Feminista has also organized an action that can be followed from home and that consists of decorating the balconies in support of essential workers, and making noise and lights to remember the wage gap suffered by women, also in services such as health and care.
Earlier, for this Sunday, “feminist walks” only for women and trans people have been organized in more than 20 towns throughout Catalonia, under the slogan ‘We want to walk quietly day and night’, with the aim of claiming the street as a safe space and report assaults, harassment and rapes.
Vaga Feminista has called for the 8M to “not stay at home” despite the difficulties posed by the coronavirus, and recalled that the crisis has impacted more on working women and that current working conditions continue to make protest and the strike on March 8.
“We are very aware of the context and the situation we are experiencing, but precisely for this reason we believe that it is very important that the feminist movement is on the street,” said one of the spokespersons of the group, Sílvia Alberich, recently when presenting the acts.
UGT of Catalonia will celebrate a general assembly in which they will present the report ‘And the 9, what?’ and he will read a manifesto from the balcony of his historic headquarters on Rambla Santa Mònica in Barcelona, in addition to participating in the mixed section of the static concentration of Barcelona.
CC.OO. of Catalonia will carry out a protest action under the title ‘Let’s paint the streets in lilac’ before the union’s headquarters in Barcelona and afterwards it will read a manifesto of March 8.
The Intersindical Alternativa de Cataluña (IAC) and the Confederació General del Treball (CGT) of Catalonia called a general labor strike two weeks ago for this Monday for the 8M.
These two unions registered with the Ministry of Labor a 24-hour notice of strike in the public and private sectors, and alleging that this year all the reasons that led them to strike in previous years have worsened.
The Intersindical-Confederació Sindical Catalana (I-CSC) registered a call for a 24-hour strike in Catalonia for this Monday: it affects salaried workers, public officials, statutory personnel and other administrative personnel, from all productive and service sectors – including all administrations.