I think it has to do more with having a space of absolute trust. I believe it has to do with that. Hopefully the moment will arrive when we are really prepared to work in mixed groups at all levels and that equality will be something that we are all ready for. However, right now, having a non-mixed space gives you freedom, it allows you to not be judged and to have some things that are beneficial in the process.
It’s like a little bubble. Our daily life is mixed, constantly, and for this reason I say that for me, to arrive at something that at first seemed difficult, I recognized that now I know what to call it, it’s a “sisterhood”. When I started I wasn’t familiar with this idea nor did I know what it was and now for me it’s a space of freedom, a specific freedom. I think it has to do with that or the experience of raising children in meetings where there are children…because at that moment that’s how it is, you don’t have to give too many explanations about why you brought your son or daughter, that’s not even necessary. Or for example, if I’m feeling lazy because of my period, I don’t know, there are things that because the group isn’t mixed there is an immediate complicity of not having to explain things and it beneficial.
By Gema Martínez (Las Gildas)