Anti-sexism stands in nightlife areas for La Mercè

Anti-sexism stands will be set up in Av. Reina Maria Cristina and at the Bogatell beach during the festivities for La Mercè, two areas where the most concerts are being organised at night. The stand in Passeig Marítim, which was set up in the summer, will also remain operative until 24 September.

19/09/2019 13:28 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

In an effort to provide information and raise awareness on sexist violence towards women and deal with any situation of aggression or harassment, two anti-sexism stands will be set up during La Mercè in the busiest nightlife areas: the Bogatell beach and Av. Reina Maria Cristina. The slogan ‘No means no’ and the characteristic colour purple make the stands easy to identify.

Expert staff

The stands will be staffed by specialists offering information on sexual violence and support for anyone who suffers sexist aggression. They will also coordinate with security bodies and others involved in organising the concerts, to address any sexist situation which might arise. In addition, various pairs of professionals will be on hand in the area near the stands.

Dates, times and locations of stands:

  • Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina:
    From Friday, 20/9, to Monday, 23/9, from 9 pm to 4 am.
    Exact location: in front of Fira Barcelona, between Av. Reina Maria Cristina and Av. Paral·lel.
  • Platja del Bogatell:
    Saturday, 21/9, and Sunday, 22/9, from 9 pm to 4 am.
    Exact location: Pg. Marítim, 99.

Besides these two points, a third anti-sexist stand has been operating since August and is located in Passeig Marítim, by Carrer de Trelawny.

Identifying and tackling sexist violence

  • Offensive and/or degrading comments, insults, stalking, unconsented touching, attempted rape or rape are intolerable aggressions which must be eradicated with everyone’s help.
  • Nothing justifies sexist aggression.
  • Some aggressions are offences and can therefore be targeted. Others don’t constitute an offence, but cross the limits of the other person’s space, which must be respected. We need to bear in mind that these limits are subjective and individual and relate to what a person perceives and experiences.
  • An aggression is an abuse of power by one person over another, not a misunderstanding or a conflict.
  • 90% of sexist aggressions are committed by men against women, although aggression against men due to their sexual orientation or gender identity does occur. In almost all cases the aggressors are men.
  • People who suffer aggression are not passive victims. Police and social agents must always proceed with the consent of the person suffering the aggression and respect their personal decisions.

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