Podemos is divided. Crumbling under strategic disputes, discussions on the composition of the governing bodies, and caught between those who give up and those who bark, Podemos is stuck looking at its navel.
Bonds of friendship were destroyed. The activists who first changed the political system were eaten by it later. Yet, some form of party and a leadership team will have to come out of the Citizen Assembly elections this weekend.
The feminists within Podemos do not want to miss this opportunity. They’re calling it a historic opportunity and are working side by side not to allow feminism to be, once again, the good and fair cause that is always postponed. In this transition process, they’re demanding the recognition of feminism’s political power, avoiding its manipulation and ensuring its autonomy. This can only be achieved by questioning the male networks that are always trying to keep women out of politics.
The “Ruta Morada” document compiles the women’s contribution to the party structure and its policies. Morada means purple, the typical color of the violet multitudes of Spanish women and characteristic of Podemos. Ruta is the road, which started with the elections that led the feminists to the government of the largest Spanish cities. It led to the demonstrations against male violence against women, it has led feminists within the party to denounce their idea of economy, administration, and management of public affairs and to remove patriarchy from Podemos and its surrounding movements, pushing for a change in practices and forms from the bottom up.