This article provides a critical exploration of alliances amongst women’s groups within the feminist movement in Spain during and prior to the International Women’s Day strike on the 8th of March, 2018. The main focus of the article is on the Spanish feminist fight against gender violence, aiming to understand how this debate is framed, who makes the claims, and what structural inequalities are being preserved in this process. Following on from previous work on this topic, it aims to identify positions of power and privilege within the feminist movement in Spain. Drawing on social movement theory as well as intersectionality theory, it examines activism, participation and voice in the preparation of the strike. Using critical frame analysis, this article offers a critique to meanings of participation, voice and sisterhood solidarity as represented in the discourse, focusing on two cases of gender violence that drew media attention in Spain in 2018. It attempts to capture voice and representation as illustrated in various online campaigns and national media in response to these cases. The analysis shows that the mainstream feminist discourse in Spain still lacks key mechanisms to include ethnic minority and migrant women. The article suggests that new alliances need to develop inside the Spanish feminist movement, to reach across the divides of class, religion, ethnicity, country of origin, disability and sexuality and develop inclusive policies for all women.
Sandu, Adriana and Fernández, Victoria Pérez
The Fight goes on! Intersections of Oppression in the Spanish Feminist Movement.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 22(9), 207-221.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol22/iss9/14