Women’ Rights in Spain – Essential Resources

From pay to reproductive rights, from judiciary and boardroom to political rights, from domestic violence to the law of succession, Spain today has still not achieved its gender equality goal. Indeed, gender inequality is still a major issue all around the world and women in most countries are still considered as second class citizens due to patriarchal dominance and mentality. Spain is one of the European countries that has the lowest average rate when it comes to women working in labor markets and boardrooms. In the wake of the economic crisis, the wage gap between men and women in Spain has deepen even more. Nonetheless, Spain has been acclaimed for its commitment in resolving gender equality issues. In 2004 and 2008 Spain implemented legislation to sustain principles of gender equality in public and private life and to fight against domestic violence.

Women in Spain will focus on reporting and investigating issues related to women’ rights and gender in Spain. Its main objective will be to provide insights and information to the readers on this matter by covering it in depth. In order to shed as much light as possible on this topic WIS will share personal stories on individuals who see themselves as victim of gender inequality or are daily witnesses of it in any domain or shape or form.


European Union

This is the European Union official website, which provides access to information published by all EU institutions, agencies and bodies. This one article in particular analyzes the situation of gender equality in Spain in 2012 by presenting percentages and key numbers such as the employment rate along with the gender pay gap. It discusses as well the lack of female involvement in the work force due to Spanish companies limitations or unwillingness of taking advantage and using women potential.



The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

(OHCHR) is a website that manages major programs in protecting human rights and implementing international rights agreements including activities, publications and media centre. This publication focuses on the retrogression or lack of advancement in women rights in Spain. The UN provides a full report on the matter as it points out gender issues such as discrimination against women. This report centers around the threats that Spain is facing regarding the limitation of efforts when it comes to including women in political, public and economic life as well as combating domestic violence. A full examination is made around the policies and infrastructure that Spain implemented prior to the wake of the economic crisis that are now endangered.




WEST is an online newspaper aimed at providing the latest breaking news on welfare policies in Europe. One of their sections focuses on gender equality and discrimination in Spain and contains publications that address gender issues. One of their publications centers around the gender equality that Spain has put into motion on the national curriculum. The Spanish government decided to use education as a way to stop domestic violence and put an end to sexism by introducing back in 2015 gender equality and the fight against gender violence as a compulsory part of the school curriculum.



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