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International Women’s Day


Poster of the campaign

the campaign entitled #veusquenoveus, as well as the events and the institutional Manifesto of the Government of Catalonia on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The main event, which takes place in the Palau de la Generalitat on 7 March, consists of a round table entitled ‘Visible Voices: the voice of women in the public arena and the media’.

Women’s strike action – a global movement

This year, the commemoration of 8 March is joined by an unprecedented global movement in support of women’s rights, equality and justice. Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination towards women have all been appearing in the headlines and public debate, with a growing determination to instigate change.

The Catalan Institute for Women is firmly behind the claims of women’s associations and the feminist movement, and will be supporting the strike action on 8 March. Consequently, none of the institutional events will be held during the times at which strikes have been called.

Women in Catalonia 2018

The amount of time that women speak on television news broadcasts is 30% in the best-case scenario. Women’s participation in radio and television news programmes ranges between 23% and 44%. The average presence of women in the written press is 23%, and 34% in the digital media.

These figures are taken from the statistical report 'Women in Catalonia 2018', drawn up by the Gender Equality Observatory. It also includes indicators relating to employment, living conditions, education, healthcare, information and communication technologies, sport and culture.

Women’s Day in the social media

You can follow the latest news on International Women’s Day on the social media at the following hashtags: #IWD2018; #DiaDones18; #DiaDona; #DiadelesDones.

In addition, the Third Environmental Sector of Catalonia wishes to enhance the visibility of women who work for the environment with the tag #donespelmediambient.

Maria Aurèlia Capmany, writer and activist

In 2018 we are celebrating the centenary of her birth. Maria Aurèlia Capmany i Farnés (Barcelona, 1918-1991), writer, educator and politician. A regular contributor to the press, radio and television, she also stood out for her cultural and political activism, for her tireless fight in support of women’s freedom and equality, a field in which she was a pioneer in Catalonia and a role model for subsequent generations.

Maria Aurèlia Capmany, writer and activist

Maria Aurèlia Capmany, writer and activist

Open Day at the National Museum of Catalonia

The fight against discrimination against women in the field of artistic and intellectual creation and production forms part of the social commitment of the National Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) as a certified Socially Responsible public organisation. Every year, to mark International Women’s Day, the Museum organises a series of activities which you can refer to on its website. In addition, on 8 March there will be an Open Day for all women.

Ida Lupino at the Filmoteca

A pioneer of feminist cinema, Ida Lupino (London, 1918 – Los Angeles, 1995) was a masterly director of B-movies that fearlessly highlighted the social situation of women. Frequently filmed in ‘real’ exteriors, these stories starred marginalised heroines who had to fight to overcome their desperate situations and addressed issues that were taboo in society at the time.

On the centenary of her birth, the Filmoteca of Catalonia is organising a retrospective of her work as a filmmaker and showing some of the films that immortalised her as one of the great actresses of the 20th century.

D’ONES: Women’s (r)evolution in music

The Palau Robert is offering visitors an opportunity to undergo a sonic and documentary immersion in the feminine musical universe at the exhibition ‘D'ONES: Women’s (r)evolution in music,’ which features more than 1,000 female artists from the previous century through compositions, songs and video clips. For the first time in Catalonia, the exhibition takes the visitor on a journey across the different musical genres with women's voices, with singers, composers and instrumentalists.

Stories for rebel girls in museums

Five of Barcelona’s museums are organising children’s storytelling sessions to highlight the role of women in five sectors of research and creation. This activity is aimed at families and is inspired by the book Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls (Editorials Destino and Estrella Polar). The stories in the book recreate the lives of 10 significant women in art, science and trade, written specifically for the series in the form of children’s stories.

The initiative involves the Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona, the Maritime Museum of Barcelona, the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia, the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, and the Barcelona Design Museum. It will be held on the five Saturdays between 10 March and 14 April.

Stories for rebel girls in museums