L’Observatori participates in the virtual FMUAB with Furia Fest first edition and a virtual Purple Point
L’Observatori per a la Igualtat participates one more year in Festa Major de la UAB organizing the Furia Fest, the first music festival against sexist violence, and setting up a virtual Purple Point
This year the Festa Major de la UAB has taken a new form according to the Covid-19 pandemic, but in l’Observatori per a la Igualtat we have not been left behind and we have participated in the different activities carried out!
Within the framework of the FMUAB 2020, l'Observatori have organized a music festival, the Furia Fest, against gender violence with a contest and the performance of a recognized group, and we have enabled a virtual Purple Point accompanied by a campaign awareness.
The Furia Fest has been, in its first edition, a new FMUAB space for feminist music against sexist violence, making known new feminist artists and thus, generating empowering spaces for those of us who live the patriarchy, but not from feminist self-defense instead a victimizing perspective. The winners of the Furia Fest were AURA, Aradia and Montserrap, and in second prize Psicodrama. We also have the musical performance of Les Nannetes. Finally, the closing of the festival was in charge of Ginestà.
This year the virtuality of the FMUAB did not make the existence of the Purple Point essential, but even so we enabled a space -on line- to manage and attend cases related to sexist violence, especially all which has been experienced and increased during confinement and probably it couldn’t be reported due to the isolation.
The Purple Point, with the support of the Psicogènere Unit of the SPL of the UAB, had a psychologist specialized in the care and approach in situations of gender violence. Psychological care could be carried out through phone calls and WhatsApp and if required, through videoconference. In addition to offering this attention service, the Purple Point also counted on the brigades, a group of UAB students who participated in the FM's online activities, informing about the UAB's protocols and resources to address situations of sexist harassment and gender violence, and virtually accompanying the person attacked in possible cases of aggression.
The brigades, prior to their participation in FM, carried out three training sessions organized by l’Observatori. These sessions were in charge of the Noctàmbul@s Observatory, DonesTech and the Observatori per a la Igualtat together with Dinamització Comunitària. The objective of the sessions was to train students who would like to collaborate with the FMUAB virtual Purple Point. Finally, 13 brigades were in charge of ensuring virtual environments free of violence.
This year the campaign that accompanied Purple Point was “A les xarxes, feminisme”. The aim of this campaign is to make visible the sexist and LGTBIfobic violence that occurs in virtual environments and that represents a serious attack on the rights and freedoms of women and LGTBI people, and their personal development. We also want to bring feminist online self-defense strategies to the table as a way to collectively face this violence.
All these activities has been financed by funds from the Pacto de Estado contra la Violencia de Género, Ministerio de Igualdad.