Claiming that supremacist feminism poses a threat, a far right party makes gains in Spain

Spain's far-right Vox party enjoyed unexpected success in Andalusia's regional elections by raising the alarm over the "dangers" posed by feminists and now it is going mainstream. 

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Why this story matters:

December elections in Andalusia, in the south of Spain, resulted in surprise losses for the Socialists, whose 37-year dominance in the region was overthrown by a center-right-leaning coalition consisting of the Popular Party (PP), Ciudadanos, and far-right newcomer Vox. 

A central part of Vox's campaign in the elections was a fight against  what it calls  "supremacist feminism". Regional Vox leader, Francisco Serrano, was vocal in his criticism of what he called "gender jihadism". 

A video released by the party shows protests by women's rights activists, intermixed with shots of left-wing politicians talking about the problems Spanish women are facing. After each clip, a voiceover announces "Don't speak on my behalf." At the end of the video are the words: “I am a woman and I don’t want your ideological burqa.”

 

So far PP has resisted the demands of its coalition partner, which included funding to be withdrawn from women’s groups and the revision of laws protecting women from gender violence. 

Santiago Abascal, Vox's party head, has stated that he believes he is fighting a battle against the criminalization of men by former partners. He has also claimed that 87 percent of accusations of violence by women against men are dropped because they are not true.

However, this claim has been refuted by experts. In fact, in the third quarter of 2018, 72 percent of gender violence cases brought by women in Spain ended with guilty verdicts.

Details from the story:

  • Vox won 12 seats (out of 109) in the December elections in Andalusia, this is the first time they have made it into a parliament
  • According to a poll published in El Mundo right after the elections, with this type of momentum, Vox would potentially capture 12.9 percent of the vote in a national election.
  • Feminist groups protested the new adminstration during the swearing in ceremony in Andalusia.
  • According to a statement from the protesting groups: “No governing pact should undo what we have achieved together and with so much effort”.
  • A 2017 European Commission report rated Spain credibly compared with its EU neighbors in areas such as the proportion of women in the national and regional parliaments and the gender pay gap.
  • The arrival of the Socialist Pedro Sánchez as prime minister in June 2018 resulted in  the developed world’s most feminist Cabinet -- women fill two-thirds of senior ministerial posts.
  • Local elections in May, could change Spain's political scene yet again.
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