Spanish women hold strike against inequality, macho culture

Spain In protest against gender inequality women to stop working on International Women’s Day

Women bang pots and pans during a protest in Madrid at the start of a nationwide strike on International Women's Day | Susana Vera Reuters

About five million feminist women went on strike Thursday and marched in Spain in support of an global call for strike led by women to mark worldwide Women's Day and demand a just and egalitarian society. Ms Sereno, one of the Philippines' highest-ranking women, was an outspoken critic of Mr Duterte's administration, said Bloomberg. Two women were fired for supporting the 24-hour strike among their coworkers in Telemark.

The 8 March Commission is behind the strike. Organizers published a manifesto reading, "Today we call for a society free of sexist oppression, exploitation and violence".

Marta Valverde found out about the strike called for by the Work National Coordinator (CNT) and made a decision to spread the invitation to her fellow coworkers.

"We do not accept worse working conditions or being paid less than man for the same work", it stated. Women have also been pressuring the government to tackle the issue of domestic violence, Al Jazeera reported past year. The ruling centre-right party, the Partido Popular (PP), said the action was "for feminist elites and not real women with everyday problems".

Women across Spain went on strike and held hundreds of rallies to protest against gender inequality on Thursday, leading to the closure of many main roads and squares.

Women in Spain organized massive protests and traditional "piquetes", the information brigades aiming to convince fellow workers of striking in support of the common struggle.

Women are going on strikes and protesting across the world on Thursday.

In Spain, women were paid 13% and 19% less than their male counterparts in the public and private sectors respectively, data from the European Union's statistical provider Eurostat said.

In Hollywood, many top-earning actresses have called attention to women's issues in the modern age, especially in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the ensuing #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.

In addition, The New York Times reports that similar rallies occurred across Europe.

International Women's Day events are also being held in dozens of other nations across the world.

In Afghanistan, hundreds of women, who would have been afraid to leave their homes during Taliban rule, gathered in the capital, Kabul, to remind their leaders that plenty of work remains to be done to give Afghan woman a voice, ensure their education and protect them from increasing violence.

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