‘Wanted: Busty women’: Job ad sparks storm

The organizers of a major comic fair in Barcelona are fuming after a recruitment firm placed a job ad on their website for hostesses with a minimum bust measurement of 95 centimetres (37 inches).

'Wanted: Busty women': Job ad sparks storm
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Wanted: "brunettes, taller than 170 centimetres (5 feet 7 inches), minimum bust size 95cm".

That's the job advertisement which has caused headaches for FICOMIC, the organizers of Barcelona's major annual International Comic Fair, coming up in May.

Spain's general union, the CCOO, slammed the job post placed by the events staff recruitment firm NSH, national paper 20 minutos reported on Friday.

"To use a woman's body as a billboard, or for the success of an event" is not part of life in a "civilized and advanced society", said the union in a statement. 

Advertisements like the one posted by NSH were also a roadblock to equal access to the job market, the union added.

The organizers of the firm say they are not impressed either, laying at the blame of NSH, the agency they outsourced to hire event staff.

The job post was withdrawn on Thursday and FICOMIC director Carlos Santamaría has asked party planners NSH to make a public statement saying the comic fair's organizers did not endorse the ad.

This year sees Barcelona staging its 32nd comic fair. Last year's edition received 106,000 visitors.

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Spanish court orders compensation for gender victim’s family after Guardia Civil failed to protect her

A Spanish court ordered Wednesday the interior ministry to pay €180,000 in compensation to the family of a woman murdered by her abusive husband after her request for protection was turned down.

Spanish court orders compensation for gender victim's family after Guardia Civil failed to protect her
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The woman in September 2016 asked police in the southern town of Sanlucar la Mayor near Seville for a protection order against her husband but the request was turned down because he had no criminal record and officers concluded she faced little risk.   

The following month the man, reportedly a former police captain in the Dominican Republic, stabbed his wife to death in the street in front of the couple's two children.

He committed suicide in May 2020 while serving a 28-year jail sentence for the crime.

Spain's National Court on Wednesday ruled that the Spain's Guardia Civil police force had provided “inadequate” protection to the woman and ordered it to pay €20,000 ($23,500) to each of her parents, and €70,000 to each of her two children, for “moral damages”.

“Social and institutional awareness of the importance of the problem of gender violence requires greater sensibility than that which was shown by the Guardia Civil station” in charge of the case, the court added in its ruling.

Spanish politicians have implemented successive programmes to address the issue of gender violence since 1997, when 60-year-old Ana Orantes was beaten, thrown over a balcony and then burned to death by her ex-husband after repeatedly complaining to authorities about his violent behaviour.   

She had been forced to divide her home with her husband on the order of a divorce court.

The Spanish parliament in 2004 unanimously approved Europe's first law that specifically cracks down on gender-based violence.    

It grants victims of gender violence free legal aid, set up special courts for domestic violence cases and allows public prosecutors to press charges even if the victim does not file a complaint.