Spain’s Marea Violeta, or Purple Tide of feminists will be joining Wednesday’s general strike and European protests against austerity to express their opposition to cuts hitting women.
The right wing administration of Mariano Rajoy has axed 24% off the budget promoting policies for equality, triple the average cuts to government departments.
It has also reduced government expenditure on combating violence against women by 7%.
In a joint statement undersigned by 75 women’s groups, feminists also slam the 31% budget cut to state education, 23% cut to public health services and an assault on social services for the elderly and infirm – all measures that will affect women disproportionately, both individually and as carers.
Spain’s feminist groups, some linked to youth organisations, unions, parenting associations and the indignados movement, also expressed anger at the fact that a quarter of the government spending was going towards paying the ‘illegitimate’ public debt.