Spanish matchmaker facing backlash over ‘Caravans of Women’

The 20-year-old scheme transports single women to rural men across the country

LAST UPDATED: 9 Apr, 2015 @ 11:20
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CaravanA SPANISH matchmaker is facing a backlash from politicians and feminists after sending bus-loads of single women to meet men in the country’s most rural areas. 

For the past 20 years, 58-year-old Manuel Gozalo has run his ‘Caravans of Women’ scheme to ‘stave off depopulation’ in the country’s far-reaching corners.

 

In the past year he has sent more than 260 caravans around the country. Now however he is facing controversy.

More than 10,000 people have already signed a petition taking aim at what they call a derogatory practice that objectifies women.

“Feminists are calling this event sexist,” lamented Gozalo. “But it’s just a meet-up of women and men.”

Started in 1995, women pay €20 for a weekend of rural living, while their male counterparts cough up €50 to participate in the events.

While Gozalo insists it is an innocent event designed for single women and men to meet, feminists have taken objection to it.

“From the publicity, one would deduce that the women don’t have a right to decide who they will spend their time with or how.

“Instead that power will reside with the men who paid €50,” Marisa Tena, of feminist association Malvaluna, said.

“Every woman is free to do what they want, but this doesn’t make it right to hold an event that is negative for women and an insult to everyone else,” she added.

 



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2 COMMENTS

  1. Marisa Tena, of feminist association Malvaluna wants to get a life. The women are not forced to go, not forced to pay. Basically is is just like a nightclub where many charge females less than males and no one moans about that. I think a lot of people these days are short of something positive to do.

  2. This is a scheme that is quite similar to other meet-up events hosted across many small villages in Spain. Small villages often have meet-up events whereby isolated workers, such as farmers and other land workers, can meet potential partners. Some are paid events, some are free. Nothing new here.

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