Million Women in Spain Walked Out of Work for International Women's Day

Ann Santiago
March 10, 2018

Women's rights activists in the Philippines marched in Manila against President Rodrigo Duterte, South Korean women rallied in support of the #MeToo movement in Seoul, and workers in Spain went on an unprecedented strike to defend women's rights on International Women's Day yesterday. Two women were fired for supporting the 24-hour strike among their coworkers in Telemark.

At least one road was blocked by women carrying purple flags in Madrid and in Barcelona while riot police struggled to disperse a group of protesters also blocking a road.

And women in Spain will walkout from their jobs Thursday as part of a "feminist strike" to highlight the social and economic disparities between men and women, including huge differences in pay.

She said the lack of women employed in security institutions was a core reason for the deteriorating security in Afghanistan.

The strike aimed to call attention to Spain's persistent gender wage gap, domestic violence and sex discrimination in the workplace. The theme was "If we stop, the world stops".

Though Myanmar has a woman leading its civilian government, a profound gender gap remains in the country of 52 million people.

Pakistani women have largely been deprived of their rights since the country gained independence in 1947.

"We're giving visibility to work that no one wants to recognise, whether it's at home or badly paid or done in the invisible economy", said the organisers. Noting it was International Women's Day, Leonid Slutsky said on Facebook, "I am using the occasion to ask forgiveness from those of you whom I freely or involuntarily caused suffering".

Argento helped embolden other women to report sexual assault and harassment when she accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape in an expose by The New Yorker. Protesters said the president was among the worst violators of women's rights in Asia. She said she was demonstrating "so when I am older, everyone is the same".

Women shout slogans during a protest at the Sol square during International Women's Day in Madrid. Women across the country are also abandoning their unpaid work, such as cleaning and child care, as part of the large scale protest.

They carried placards reading, "Unite against violence against Women", "Man enough to say no to domestic abuse", and "My body, My choice".

International Women's Day has been celebrated in many countries around the world since 1917 when striking Russian women marched to protest against food shortages and the First World War.

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