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25 November 2021. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women [editar]



25 November 2021. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Another 25th November has arrived and the Fundación Secretariado Gitano and the Roma Women's Group (GMG) are once again joining in the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

This year, from the Roma Women's Group of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano, we would like to express our firm condemnation of vicarious violence, a sort of violence that has always been there but that is still appalling due to the murders that we have experienced in the last months.

Gender violence is one of the worst scourges still present in today's society. Every day, the media publish new victims who are added to the terrible figure of 37[1] women and 5 minors murdered only in 2021.

However, violence does not only affect to the couple or ex-partner, but to all the members of the family unit. Children witness the abuse of their dear ones and, in many cases, they also experience direct or indirect violence. Vicarious violence is one of the worst forms of violence a mother/woman can suffer.

It is still necessary for us to take to the streets this 25th November to make it clear that even today, the violence that women suffer cannot be ignored. 1,118 fatalities since 2013 is a figure that no society can afford and that should be seen as the greatest atrocity.

"No violence should be tolerated, none should be silenced and all forms of violence must be eradicated".

The Roma Women's Group of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano expresses the firm commitment to make this problem visible and to work towards eradicating the physical, psychological, economic, symbolic, digital, institutional and other multiple forms of violence that women suffer for the simple fact of being women. Besides that, many women of the group also suffer the violence related to the fact of being part of the Roma community, being young, living below the poverty line and other factors that place us in situations of greater disadvantage and inequality due to the intersectionality that crosses us.

We condemn all existing violence, we will always stand by the side of the victims, because we know that facing these situations is not easy and it involves even a greater suffering than the one already experienced. For this reason, we ask the justice system to always act quickly and effectively, safeguarding the rights of the victims and prioritizing their care, safety and well-being.

The FSG has been working for decades to inform about all the types of violence that exist and to raise awareness of what it entails to be immersed in the cycle of violence, denouncing, as well, the lack of public resources that exist to attend all the victims that gender violence causes in Spain, including their ascendants and descendants.

We ask the public authorities to invest more resources to ensure that victims of gender violence have somewhere to turn for help and a place where they can find a way out of violence, because it is possible to find a way out of violence. We also want to make visible the need for resources in which comprehensive care, with an intersectional and intercultural perspective, is guaranteed.

The Roma Women's Group of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano is aware that there are still great challenges ahead to completely eradicate gender violence and we firmly believe in the idea that the society as a whole, women and men, and, above all, public authorities, must be involved so that violence disappears from all women’s lives and bodies.

We will continue working, we will continue fighting and we will always shout:







[1] Female Deaths in 2021 – Provisional Figures (