Nerea, Martina y el latido de las mariposas (2022)

Dori Fernández Alfaro, Raquel Yunta González, Mónica Gil Vilaplana and Itziar Prats Fernández

Mariví García Gallego

2022, Spanish

21 x 21


ISBN: 978-84-126001-4-8

Available languages:
  • Spanish
  • Catalan
  • English
Available translation:

Catalan: Nerea, Martina i el batec de les papallones

English: Nerea, Martina and the Heartbeat of the Butterflies


Nerea, Martina y el latido de las mariposas (Nerea, Martina and the Heartbeat of the Butterflies) tells the story of the project «El latido de las mariposas» (The Heartbeat of the Butterflies), which arose as a result of a terrible and real event: the murder of Nerea and Martina, aged six and two, on 25th September 2018 in Castellón, at the hands of their father, due to vicarious violence (a form of gender violence in which the children of women who are victims of gender violence are used to abuse and inflict pain on their mothers). This picture book arises from the pain and love of Nerea and Martina’s teachers: Dori Fernández Alfaro, Raquel Yunta González and Mónica Gil Vilaplana, and their mother, Itziar Prats Fernández.

It is a book that delicately narrates this terrible story in order to work on education in equality values in the classroom and in the homes of all those who want to promote a change in our society.

About this story, there is a short animation film, “Contigo” (With You), also available in open access. It was produced by the Purificación Escribano University Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies of the Universitat Jaume I (Castellón, Spain) in 2020, to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: (Text and script: Dora Sales; animation and direction: Avi Ofer).