Urge Spanish Bishop to Apologize for Remarks Against Gender Equality

Target: José Ignacio Munill, Bishop of San Sebastian, Spain

Goal: Apologize for statements made against the feminist cause.

On March 5, 2018, José Ignacio Munill, the bishop of San Sebastian, stated that Christianity, as a whole, was opposed to “radical feminism” because it victimizes women and the “true feminine cause.” He went on to state that “feminism, having adopted a gender-based ideology, has somehow committed a kind of hara-kiri.”

These comments came just three days before International Women’s Day, a hot topic in Spain as it coincides with the first ever feminist strike. On March 8, 2018, women in Spain abandoned their paid and unpaid work in order to highlight sexual discrimination, domestic violence, and the wage gap. High profile politicians like Manuela Carmena, the mayor of Madrid, and Ada Colau, the mayor of Barcelona, expressed their support and participated in the nationwide feminist strike. However, the vocal rejection of the movement by Munill is problematic. The mayors of Spain’s two largest cities provide a different kind of support for the movement, being women themselves, than Munill could provide as not only a man, but also a representative of the church.

In 2017, 49 women in Spain were killed by their partners or ex-partners—a frightening statistic that has gone up since 2016. Reports of violent abuse against women are also on the rise. The most recent Spanish study found that, on average, women are paid 12.7% less for doing the same job as male colleagues. Contrary to Munill’s beliefs, the feminist movement in Spain must involve gender-based ideology because the victims of gender-based discrimination and violence are largely women. Sign this petition to urge Munill to apologize for his statements made against the feminist cause.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Bishop Munill,

On March 8, 2018, the first ever nationwide feminist strike happened throughout Spain. The strike involved women abandoning their paid and unpaid work in order to highlight the important and necessary roles women play in society, as well as highlight the realities of sexual discrimination, domestic violence, and the wage gap.

Just three days before this historical women’s walk-out, you made comments that suggesed that the feminist movement is misled. You stated that Christianity is opposed to “radical feminism” that works against the “true feminist cause.” You went on to say, “Feminism, having adopted a gender-based ideology, has somehow committed a kind of hara-kiri.”

As a male and as a member of the church, your support of the feminist movement could be instrumental in creating social change. The objectives of the feminist movement align with the teachings of the church: equality and non-violence. Furthermore, the feminist movement is only gender-based because the discrimination and violence that happens far too often is, itself, gender-based. I urge you to reassess your stance on feminism and publicly apologize for your statements against the cause.

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. Just because you don’t agree, doesn’t mean you have to be nasty about it! Equality for all!

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