Getting the message across in Pego

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STOP SIGNS: Pego backs equalityPhoto credit: Pego town hall

STOP signs in Pego say Stop twice over. 

They have been painted violet, the colour of the women’s movement in Spain, and bear the message “Stop la violencia masclista” (Stop sexist violence). 

The initiative was financed by the annual allocation from the State Pact against Gender-based Violence, said the town hall’s Equality councillor Merxe Bolta. 

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Pego received around €2,600,” she explained. 

Each year the local government decides on a different theme, all involving a strong street presence with events, conferences and talks, although Covid-19 imposed a change of strategy for 2020. 

“We went for something more visual to avoid contact between people,” the councillor said. 


The town hall has distributed violet-coloured masks and inserted anti-violence messages on the risers of the town hall’s principal staircase, that include “I want to be free, walking home” and “Ill-treatment isn’t love.” 

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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