Anti-sexist Mercè. Only yes means yes!

Making sure the celebrations for La Mercè 2018 are free of violence towards women is a priority. To this end, two stands will be operating during the festival to provide information and promote awareness on sexist violence and nightlife in public places and deal with any attacks or harassment. The stands will be open from 9 pm to 3 am. For the third year running, one of the stands will be located in Av. Reina Maria Cristina (open from Friday to Sunday). The other one will be located at the Bogatell beach, in the district of Sant Martí, and will operate on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, six pairs of mobile professionals will be on hand to offer advice and information during the festivities in these two areas (four in Maria Cristina and two at Bogatell), which usually attract a younger public in large volumes.

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The two stands form part of the campaign to combat sexist violence. This year’s campaign slogan is ‘Only yes means yes’ and follows on from the previous ‘No means no’ campaign, underlining the importance consent being expressed in a clear and explicit manner.

Besides the information and support offered at the two stands, six teams of professionals will be circulating in the two nightlife areas to be on hand should any incidents occur. The teams will coordinate with the police and, for the first time ever, with security and organisational staff in the two areas.

During the festivities for La Mercè the campaign will hand out 5,000 leaflets, 4,000 badges and 2,000 stickers with the campaign slogan in a bid to promote free time characterised by openness, respect and equality.

Municipal priority

Policies to combat violence towards women are a municipal priority. The strategy to eradicate it is based around three main areas: public awareness campaigns, action to help detection and provide support for people who have suffered violence and a broadening of the concept of violence towards women. The latter includes any offensive or degrading comment, insults, persecution, touching without consent, rape and attempted rape.

Balance for 2017

Nearly a thousand people approached the stands during La Mercè last year to get information, receive advice or report cases of sexist violence. Some 58.5% of these were women, 68.4% of whom were aged between 16 and 25.


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