Silent rallies throughout the country called by the FEMP in memory of the latest victims
Benidorm and all of Spain stand up to sexist violence
Benidorm City Council has observed a minute of silence this afternoon in memory of the latest victims of sexist violence. On this occasion, the rally has been joined by the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) which, in addition, has promoted concentrations in all localities of the country.
The mayor of Benidorm, Toni Pérez, and the councilor for Equality, Ángela Zaragozí, have led the silent protest in front of the main door of the town hall building in which councilors from the three groups with representation in the town hall, officials and neighbors have participated.
Sisters Anna and Olivia Gimeno Zimmermann, aged one and six respectively, were kidnapped by her father on April 27, the day he should have handed them over to her mother in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. On June 10, the corpse of the oldest appeared. The case, the object of great media coverage, has crossed the borders of Spain.
On the other hand, in Estepa (Seville), on June 3, the young 17-year-old mother, Rocío Caíz, was allegedly murdered by her ex-partner, who is already in provisional prison.
Both cases, with great social impact and in the media, have shown the rebound in sexist violence after the lock down due to the pandemic caused by Covid-19.
So far this year, gender violence has caused the death of 18 women and seven minors have been orphaned. Since 2013, 41 children have been murdered for this cause in Spain and since 2003 there are already 1,096 women victims of sexist violence.
From the FEMP they have made a call to "fill with silence" today the squares of the town halls throughout Spain and express the pain and solidarity "shared by all" Spaniards in the face of such mournful crimes.
The Department of Equality, for its part, insists that any woman who feels threatened go to public administrations, remembering that Benidorm City Council has technical personnel specialized in attending to victims. It also reiterates, in the face of the slightest hint of gender violence, in the use of the free telephone number 016 that answers in 52 languages 365 days a year and leaves no trace on the telephone bill, although it is advisable to delete the call record from the telephone.