chapter  5
Spain
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Spain’s response to international norms of sexual non-discrimination has varied over time. Prior to 1975, Spain was governed by an authoritarian regime that fiercely resisted incorporating international norms of sexual non-discrimination. In 1976, democracy was re-established and the state began to accept and internalize these norms, particularly European norms of sexual non-discrimination. Spain continued to incorporate international norms of sexual non-discrimination throughout the 1980s – a response that can be explained partly by international and regional pressure and partly by domestic feminist intervention. Between 1996 and 2004, the state became less receptive to incorporating international norms of sexual non-discrimination.