IN PICS: Women across Spain take to streets against gender violence and the far right Vox party

Women across Spain took to the streets to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which was observed on Monday, November 25th.

IN PICS: Women across Spain take to streets against gender violence and the far right Vox party
The demonstration in Madrid ended in Sol. Photos: AFP

The struggle to end “violencia machista” as it is known in Spain has become even more urgent with the emrgence of Vox, the far-right party that won 52 seats in the last election and wants to roll back laws introduced in Spain to protect women and aid prosecution.

READ MORE: Far right Vox challenge Spain's fight against gender violence

So, on Monday tens of thousands of women in towns and cities across Spain came out to demand continued action to stamp out gender violence that has seen1,027 women in Spain killed by their partners or former partners since records began in 2003.

This year alone, 59 women have been murdered by their partners (or ex-partners) with the latest killed in Tenerife on Monday.

Since 2013, 34 children have been killed by their fathers or their mother’s partner, and another 275 left orphaned, according to El Pais.

Here's a look at some of the images from the demonstrations. 

Women  march in front of Madrid's City Hall, which for the first time in 14 years said it would not be issuing a joint declaration against gender violence because of Vox.

Women carry an effigy of a giant vagina at the protest in Barcelona mimicking the Easter processions and a previous Seville protest that led to the women being prosecuted for blasphemy. 

Women dressed as characters of the show 'The Handmaid's Tale' hold a sign “Fuck Patriarchy” in Barcelona.

A woman holds a cross reading “Not a single woman less” at the protest in Madrid. 

A woman holds a placard reading “Dressed or naked, always safe on the street” at the Madrid protest,

Women march in front of the architect Antonio Gaudi's Casa Mila 'La Pedrera' building in Barcelona.

A woman wears a robe daubed with fake bloood at the Madrid protest. 

While the crowds were biggest in Madrid and Barcelona, they were by no means the only protests. In fact, demonstrations took place all across Spain. 


Here was the crowd in Zaragoza: 


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Putellas becomes second Spanish footballer in history to win Ballon d’Or

Alexia Putellas of Barcelona and Spain won the women's Ballon d'Or prize on Monday, becoming only the second Spanish-born footballer in history to be considered the best in the world, and claiming a win for Spain after a 61-year wait.

FC Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas poses after being awarded thewomen's Ballon d'Or award.
FC Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas poses after being awarded thewomen's Ballon d'Or award. Photo: FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Putellas is the third winner of the prize, following in the footsteps of Ada Hegerberg, who won the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or in 2018, and United States World Cup star Megan Rapinoe, winner in 2019.

Putellas captained Barcelona to victory in this year’s Champions League, scoring a penalty in the final as her side hammered Chelsea 4-0 in Gothenburg.

She also won a Spanish league and cup double with Barca, the club she joined as a teenager in 2012, and helped her country qualify for the upcoming Women’s Euro in England.

Her Barcelona and Spain teammate Jennifer Hermoso finished second in the voting, with Sam Kerr of Chelsea and Australia coming in third.

It completes an awards double for Putellas, who in August was named player of the year by European football’s governing body UEFA.

But it’s also a huge win for Spain as it’s the first time in 61 years that a Spanish footballer – male or female – is crowned the world’s best footballer of the year, and only the second time in history a Spaniard wins the Ballon d’Or. 

Former Spanish midfielder Luis Suárez (not the ex Liverpool and Barça player now at Atlético) was the only Spanish-born footballer to win the award in 1960 while at Inter Milan. Argentinian-born Alfredo Di Stefano, the Real Madrid star who took up Spanish citizenship, also won it in 1959.

Who is Alexia Putellas?

Alexia Putellas grew up dreaming of playing for Barcelona and after clinching the treble of league, cup and Champions League last season, her status as a women’s footballing icon was underlined as she claimed the Ballon d’Or on Monday.

Unlike the men’s side, Barca’s women swept the board last term with the 27-year-old, who wears “Alexia” on the back of her shirt, at the forefront, months before Lionel Messi’s emotional departure.

Attacker Putellas, who turns 28 in February, spent her childhood less than an hour’s car journey from the Camp Nou and she made her first trip to the ground from her hometown of Mollet del Valles, for the Barcelona derby on January 6, 2000.

Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas (R) vies with VfL Wolfsburg's German defender Kathrin Hendrich
Putellas plays as a striker for Barça and Spain. GABRIEL BOUYS / POOL / AFP

Exactly 21 years later she became the first woman in the modern era to score in the stadium, against Espanyol. Her name was engraved in the club’s history from that day forward, but her story started much earlier.

She started playing the sport in school, against boys.

“My mum had enough of me coming home with bruises on my legs, so she signed me up at a club so that I stopped playing during break-time,” Putellas said last year.

So, with her parent’s insistence, she joined Sabadell before being signed by Barca’s academy.

“That’s where things got serious… But you couldn’t envisage, with all one’s power, to make a living from football,” she said.

After less than a year with “her” outfit, she moved across town to Espanyol and made her first-team debut in 2010 before losing to Barca in the final of the Copa de la Reina.

She then headed south for a season at Valencia-based club Levante before returning “home” in July 2012, signing for Barcelona just two months after her father’s death.

In her first term there she helped Barca win the league and cup double, winning the award for player of the match in the final of the latter competition.