Spanish women hold strike against inequality, macho culture

Spanish women hold strike against inequality, macho culture

Spanish women hold strike against inequality, macho culture

Thousands of women have taken to the streets of cities across Spain for marches protesting against wage gaps and gender violence, and demanding an end to glass ceilings for female workers. Hundreds of women activists in pink and purple shirts protested against President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday, as marches and demonstrations in Asia kicked off International Women's Day.

Hundreds of trains in Spain have been cancelled due to an International Women's Day strike.

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The strike, besides not attending work, is boycotting consumption of commodities and household duties, inspired by the 1975 women's strike in Iceland, which had the aim of showing the essential and underrated role of women in society.

Protestors gathered under the slogan "If we stop, the world stops".

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In February, Duterte told soldiers to shoot female communist rebels in the genitals, in his latest remarks to be denounced by rights groups for encouraging violence against women.

A woman walks past a housekeepers collective protest in Barcelona
A woman walks past a housekeepers collective protest in Barcelona

Dressed in pink and purple T-shirts, the women protested the operations of the anti-drug campaign promoted by the president, Rodrigo Duterte, which has left more than seven thousand dead in nearly two years, according to official data.

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"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. These extraordinary women - and so many others - did not have obituaries in The New York Times. Former Irish President Mary McAleese, an outspoken advocate for women's ordination and LGBTQ rights, accused the church's all-male leadership of refusing to change their entrenched second-class status. She said she was demonstrating "so when I am older, everyone is the same".

In a speech to businesswomen on the eve of Women's Day, Duterte said his administration was committed to providing financial assistance to women entrepreneurs. "Man enough to say no to domestic abuse", said another.

Rallies were also held in France, South Korea, Guinea and many other countries.

Supportive unions in Spain, such as General Work Confederation (CGT), Work National Coordinator (CNT) and Interunion Confederation (CI) called for a 24-hour general strike, while the government-aligned Laborers Commissions (CCOO) and General Workers' Union (UGT) propo|sed two 2-hour strikes during the day.

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