Many well-educated women in the cities live in relative equality. In other parts of the country it is more common for women to follow traditional gender roles. During the 20th century Spain experienced periods of dramatic political change.
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“The media are hugely important because what we don’t show doesn’t exist.” 

Martha Gomez
What: Journalist who for the last seven years has been broadcasting Tolerancia Cero (“Zero Tolerance”) a radio programme about violence against women.

”Francisco drives over his wife of 26 years five times.”

Encarnación Rubio Molinero
Murdered: Aged 46


“I don’t want to stop hating, it’s my right.”

Age: 35

Things were always chaotic in my family. My mother died, I was young when I left home and I had a few dramas with boyfriends.

“It feels strange to think of yourself as a victim.”

Age: 41

“I said I had two other options: I could become a beggar or a prostitute.”

Ana Maria Perez del Campo
What: Started a women’s shelter where the women stay for eighteen months. So far no-one has returned to her violent husband after her stay.

“We see a lot of trifling matters here at the same time as other victims don’t even report serious crimes such as incest.”

Paloma Mari
What: Is a judge in one of Spain’s specialised courts for violence against women.

“The turning point was 2004, with the new law on violence in the home. Violence against women was no longer a private matter.”

: Adolfina Prieto

“Sadly, we men have learned that we are worth more than women.

Antonio Agraz
What: Works in a men’s network for equality.

“The law protects victims of terrorism but not families like ours.” 

Carmen Sanchez and Ana Ortiz Salvador
What: Organise relatives of murdered women.