Spain’s Minister for Equality Irene Montero helps pass ‘only yes is yes’ law

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– Yes means yes. In Spain it is now the law that “only yes means yes”. The country’s congress yesterday passed legislation declare that consent to sexual activity must be affirmative; silence or lack of objection is not enough.

The legislation derives from a terrible tragedy. In 2016, five men raped an 18-year-old girl during the Pamplona bullfighting festival. During the men’s trial, their lawyer argued that a video of the victim – in which her eyes were closed and she was motionless – was evidence of consent.

The five attackers in the ‘wolf pack’ case were originally convicted of sexual abuse, a less serious charge than rape, as they did not use another form of physical violence during of aggression. In addition to redefining consent, the new law clarifies that lack of consent, not dramatic violence, is the determining factor in a rape charge.

Spain’s 34-year-old equality minister, Irene Montero, was one of the driving forces behind the legislation. “It’s a victorious day after many years of struggle,” she said. say it Guardian. “Now, no woman will have to prove that there was violence or intimidation to be recognized for who she is.”

Spain’s Minister for Equality Irene Montero at the Congress of Deputies on Thursday as the country passed a law redefining consent.

Alejandro Martinez Velez—Europa Press via Getty Images

The Department of Equality of Montero was particularly active lately. Earlier this summer, the branch launched an advertising campaign urging Spanish women visit the beach with the slogan “all bodies are beach bodies” – although this campaign face to face to tamper with images and portray women without their permission. The department helped pass landmark legislation on transgender rights in Spain about a year ago and helped bring paternity leave for new fathers to 16 weeks.

Of all those efforts, this week’s legislation could be among the most impactful yet. The victim of the 2016 attack remains anonymous, but her mother shared a statement: “This law is the result of the bravery, perseverance and dignity of a girl who knew how she wanted to live without being judged by nobody”.

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