They are feminists, they are many of them, and they are angry. Thousands of demonstrators gathered under the slogan “Compromiso = Presupuesto. La lucha sigue, Nos vemos en las calles. ¡Ni una menos!” in 70 cities in Spain to demand that the 2018 state budget, now under discussion in Parliament, delivers the expected funding of €200 million, 0.04 percent of the overall budget, agreed upon in the State Pact against Gender Violence.
It has been almost a year of negotiations and debates about the 214 measures already approved, which, however, without adequate funding, remain nothing more than good intentions put to paper, useless as political promises often are. The women went back into the streets to demand their due, even as the State Pact does not meet all their demands, but is largely confined to reaffirming the commitment to implement the old Equality Law of 2004.
One should note that the problem is not that the money is lacking—rather, the problem is that the priorities of the right-wing government are different, such as increasing the budget of the Ministry of Defense by €819 million (10.7 percent more than in 2017) or continuing to finance the bailouts of banks and the construction of new highways. These they value more than the respect for the lives of 51 percent of the population, for which the government has decided to allocate only €80 million, stealing away the €120 million more that had been agreed upon.