By Athanasia (Nancy) Francis
My work as an activist researcher and rape survivor aims at capturing the local and transnational claims, as well as the transformative dynamic of the feminist activist community in the Basque Country, northern Spain. These photographs were taken during the 8M demonstrations, on International Women’s Day 2020, which saw the merging of the feminist, LGBTQA+, and the Basque pro-independence movements against patriarchal violence affecting women and marginalised communities.
Sign reads in Basque: “I wasn’t born a woman to die because of it”
Sign in Spanish reads: “Respect my existence or expect my resistance”
Sign in Basque reads: “The opposite of feminism is ignorance”
Signs in Spanish read: “A woman needs a man as much as a fish needs a bicycle” and “I didn’t come from your ribs, you came from my cunt”
Signs in Spanish read: “[There’s] too much of ‘keep your legs closed’ and too little of ‘watch your dick’”, and “Machismo kills more than the Coronavirus”
Sign in Spanish reads: “How many women does it take to change a bulb? A bulb, what for? We’ve got a glass ceiling”
Sign in Spanish reads: “We would have been more [here] if you hadn’t killed them”
Signs in Spanish read: “Apologies for the inconvenience but they’re murdering us”, “When it comes to my body I decide and you shut up”, and “Don’t worry, mum, today I’m not alone in the streets”
Athanasia (Nancy) Francis is a PhD candidate in Hispanic Studies, University of Liverpool, UK.
Find her on Twitter @ Athanasiafr