Renowned feminists analyse in the UEG Gandia the movement situation

Concha Gisbert, Isabel Morant y Justa Montero
Concha Gisbert, Isabel Morant y Justa Montero

The feminist movement has starred the course “Women and men. Identities, relationship and spaces, public and private”. It has been given in the Summer University of Gandia coordinated by the professor Isabel Morant. The course has been presented this morning by its coordinator together with the feminists Justa Montero and Concha Gisbert. The three women agree with the diagnosis of the situation after the 8M: the major victory of the feminist movement after the 8th March is to have achieved cultural hegemony.

The activist Justa Montero explained that “women indignation with the inequality situation has developed into a change of social assessment regarding the definition of feminism, which was stigmatised until a few years ago. This 8M we have put on the table our discourse, after the 8M no one can look away. The success of the mobilisations is due, in part, to the fact that the feminist movement has made a very correct analysis of the consequences that the economic crisis has had on women. Despite the fact that the three speakers have congratulated themselves on the success of the mobilisations, Montero claimed what she “calls the genealogy of the feminist movement: the struggles of women since the 1980s that have brought us to the point where we are now.” An approach to which the jurist Concha Gisbert added that although "we can say that the 8M has been an important point in the history, we have to bear in mind that Spanish society would be totally different without the feminist movement that what it has always sought is a change in the organisation of society that improves the lives of women". In the context of these speeches, professor Isabel Morant claimed the role of feminism as “a humanism that improves people lives and changes the history of society”.

The three feminists have agreed with considering some of the great triumphs of feminism in the achievement of equality policies such as the Effective Equality Act or the Anti-Gender-Based Violence Act and with considering other pending reforms that address issues such as equality in the care of sick and dependent persons or equality in maternity or paternity leave. In any case, concluded Justa Montero: “we would do nothing if we only demanded laws and reforms, we have to look for changes in attitudes and behaviours that are visible”.


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