“The outreach programme in Santander is coming to an end. It’s been an incredibly rich and fruitful process for us all. Three women from the course are now standing for election in the local councils, one as Mayor. It’s incredible; they are women with little formal education but they are so strong in spirit. The women have also set up a newspaper called ‘Women’s Skin’, which will be distributed in villages throughout the area. We will fund the magazine for the first two issues.
Back home and the new course has begun at the Escuela with 47 participants. They are a nice group; mixed and harmonious with a wide age range. News about our work is spreading. Last Thursday the first of the TV series ‘What are going to talk about, women?’ was broadcasted. It is produced by Adaljisa (one of the group).We were also invited onto two other television programmes to speak about the Escuela. Many women called us after seeing the show to enrol for next year.
Students prepared 500 placards for International Women’s Day on 8 March. They placed them in prominent points around the city and on the walls of school and universities with the following slogan.
Roses shouldn’t be the only present you give women. Respect their life and rights too.
We also marked the day with the recreation of an ancient water ritual involving 800 women. Using music and flowers, we weaved a big net around all those who participated. It was an amazing sight.