November 25 is a date marked on the calendar due to the importance of claiming safety and respect for women. This day was born in rejection of the violent murder of the sisters Patria, Minerva and María Teresa Mirabal, three political activists assassinated in the Dominican Republic on November 25, 1960 by dictator Rafael Trujillo, of whom they were opponents. After many years of demands on this day, in 1999 the UN declared November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, that date being in turn a tribute in memory of the three murdered sisters.
Since then, more and more state governments have joined the fight for the eradication of gender violence, becoming in recent years a recurring issue on the table to debate and work on. However, we cannot ignore one of the most important factors in this fight: education in values.
More and more groups and associations are requesting that a specific agenda on prevention of gender violence be included in study centers. According to a study collected by the 2021 Youth and Gender Barometer carried out by the Reina Sofía Center on Adolescence and Youth, 20% of young people believe that this type of violence is “an ideological invention.” The number of young people who have this opinion has been increasing, reaching double that of four years ago.
In this sense, many schools are including talks and preventive workshops. This is the case of the Eduardo Linares Lumeras Secondary Education Institute in Molina de Segura, which these days has carried out the workshop ‘Love in times of social networks’. This initiative, which is part of the activities against gender violence carried out by the City Council of this municipality, has been carried out by the Association of Young Women of the Region of Murcia (MUJOMUR) with the aim of identifying behaviors of violence in the media most used by young people.
In a channel in which practices such as disseminating private photos are common, the workshop makes young people aware of the danger involved in sending and disseminating them, in the latter case incurring a criminal act. In addition, it emphasizes how this can lead to a toxic relationship, in which the person handling the information can resort to blackmail and threats, directly or indirectly, by creating false profiles.
To this end, many young people also use mobile phones to carry out extreme surveillance of their partners, thus restricting their freedom and starting down a path that can lead to even more serious attitudes.