Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Spanish women strike for International Women's Day

Spanish women strike for International Women's Day

The 24-hour general strike - organized around the hash tag #WetTooGether - is disrupting local and national transport networks, with around 130 flights canceled and Rome's bus, tram and subway services severely reduced.

From Afghanistan to the Philippines to Mexico to Spain, women across the globe are taking to the streets today to mark International Women's Day.

Forty-nine women were killed by their partners or ex-partners in the country previous year, an increase from 44 in 2016.

According to The Guardian, 5.3 million people walked out of work in Spain to support International Women's Day and, specifically, to call attention to gender disparities when it comes to sexual and domestic violence and income.

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"Yearly demonstrations are not enough to make the situation for women improve", journalist and feminist Cristina Mas said.

In Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, a throng of activists was joined by a victim of one of the acid attacks frequently perpetrated in the country by embittered men. South Korea's anti-sexual violence movement has gained significant traction since January, when a female prosecutor began publicly raising workplace mistreatment and sexual misconduct. They sang and danced and handed red and white roses to the mothers, sisters and widows of drugs suspects killed in a crackdown on illegal drugsReutersHuman rights groups have condemned President Duterte's sexist remarks, including one in which he asked troops to shoot female communist rebels in the genitals.

Several more protests were held in city squares in Madrid and Barcelona throughout the afternoon and hundreds of thousands of people took part in 300 rallies in more than 200 cities and villages across Spain.

"So, on 8 March, we will refuse to do the sex/work that we do for money and all the domestic, sex and care work that we are expected to do for free".

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Women without jobs were also urged to withhold labour. It commemorates the movement for women's rights.

The Women's Forum, a coalition of Belgian women's groups, said it was unacceptable that an artist using degrading lyrics could be picked to produce what should be a unifying song. Many female radio presenters are also not working.

In Italy, actress Asia Argento, who helped sparked the #MeToo campaign previous year, said she is launching a new movement, #WeToo, to unite women against a power imbalance favoring men. The venue was moved after the Vatican expressed disapproval of the choice of three speakers on the schedule, including a former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese, who has championed women's ordination.

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