Regional Government of Madrid pays tribute to women with a large mural in Sainz de Baranda station

The Deputy Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure inaugurated the work on the occasion of the 8 March celebration, accompanied by its author. The painting – 17-metres long – was painted by the Portuguese artist Mafalda M. Gonçalves. The aim is to represent all women in the world through different native symbols from each continent

The Regional Government of Madrid brings forward the celebration of International Women’s Day with the decoration of a large 17-metre-long mural in Sainz de Baranda underground station, which seeks to pay tribute and represent all the women in the world through different native symbols from each continent. The Deputy Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure, Carlos Díaz-Pache, explained that this morning after visiting the work on site accompanied by the Portuguese artist who painted it, Mafalda M. Gonçalves.

The painting, which will permanently remain on display in one of the passage ways in Sainz de Baranda station, contains different symbols, including lavender, which represents the continent of Europe; the lotus, which is identified with Asia, and the cantuta, dedicated to South America, among others.

The mural also includes an image of the sculpture of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, which is an analogy in the fight by women and enshrines a representation of those victories already won.

The author recurrently uses figurative elements in the images she depicts on walls as a form of expression. Her technique is developed with paint, brushes, rollers and sponges and the colours she tends to use most frequently in her work are pink and blue.

This is not the first time that Metro de Madrid celebrates International Women’s Day with a special action. Last year, it completed the theming of Manuela Malasaña station, on Line 12 (MetroSur), with the exhibition entitled Women who Made History. It consists of a series of illustrated portraits of 18 of the most important women in different fields, ranging from literature and science to the fight for human rights.

In addition, in 2020, the Madrid underground edited a book entitled Metro Women, which paid tribute to the enterprise’s female employees through an historical journey to publicise their evolution in the enterprise. We can find there the testimony of 12 employees through their personal experiences, along with those of five other female workers who showed their professionalism and human quality in their interactions with users in different situations that arose over the course of their working lives.

These are just some of the actions recently carried out by the Madrid underground to celebrate 8 March and highlight its commitment to equality over the course of time. Metro was also a pioneering company in Spain, together with Telefónica, in recruiting women for its workforce at the start of the last century.

Carlos Diaz-Pache Gosende, viceconsejero de Transportes e Infraestructuras

Regional Government of Madrid pays tribute to women with a large mural in Sainz de Baranda station
Regional Government of Madrid pays tribute to women with a large mural in Sainz de Baranda station
Regional Government of Madrid pays tribute to women with a large mural in Sainz de Baranda station