ON November 24, one day before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, members of the Balearic parliament remembered the 48 women who have died in Spain this year due to gender violence.
This was carried out by lighting 48 candles and observing one minute’s silence followed by a reading of the parliament’s declaration against gender violence.
The declaration called for action to be taken to improve the lot of women and children who are affected by the behaviour of their partners.
It was noted that since 2005, 21 women in the Balearics have been killed due to such violence.
Those present at the moving ceremony included the President of the Balearics, Francina Armengol, the speaker Xelo Huertas, the mayor of Palma, José Hila, and the national government delegate Teresa Palmer.
Although the death of a single woman is a tragedy, research has shown that Spain is relatively low in the European list of death by such violence.
Some countries in Scandinavia are recorded as being twice as dangerous as Spain.