Several women hold a sign that says in English „Who runs the world? The girls“ during a demonstration to mark the strike for International Women’s Day, this Thursday, March 8 in Madrid
From a general strike of women in Spain to a women’s race in an old fiefdom of the Islamic State group in Iraq, the different manifestations in the world that marked this Thursday, March 8, the International Day of Women’s Rights, were very varied.
– Massive „feminist“ strike in Spain –
A general strike of women, unprecedented in Spain, led millions of people to participate in an unprecedented general strike called for in defense of women’s rights, marked by protests, pickets and cancellations of trains and even the absence of the star presenters in the television channels.
The two main Spanish unions, UGT and CCOO, some 5.3 million people participated in the morning in the two-hour work stoppages they had called, inspired by a similar movement in Iceland in 1975.
– ‚Three announcements‘ by women in Pristina –
Three red billboards with questions about violence against women, in the image of the Oscar-winning film „Three announcements for a crime,“ were displayed at the Kosovo police headquarters. „How many missed calls? more? „read the inscription on the first card, followed by others with the names of Diana Kastrati and Zejnepe Bytyqi, two women murdered by their husbands.
– Women’s race in Mosul –
Some 300 women participated in a 900-meter race on an avenue in Mosul, the second city of Iraq, recovered in July after being in the hands of the jihadists of the Islamic State group. „We want to give the woman back her place, after having been isolated for a long time“ in Mosul, said the organizer, Fatima Jalaf. Some of the participants recalled on their banners the harsh reality of the Iraqis: „Enough of marriages with minors!“, „Break your silence and say no!“, To emphasize, „I have the right to express myself freely“.
– Germany: Merkel wants more tasks for men –
Women in power in the world
„The fight against women for equal rights continues,“ said Chancellor Angela Merkel in a video, which considered that much remains to be done „so that women have the same rights, and also new tasks for men“, He said.
– Egypt honors Nefertiti –
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo exhibits in an exceptional way three treasures that illustrate the role of women in ancient Egypt. One of these works is a quartzite bust of Nefertiti, queen of legendary beauty who exercised a fundamental political and religious role more than 3,300 years ago with her husband the pharaoh Akhenaten.
– „The girl without fear“ in Oslo –
A replica of the „Fearless girl“ – the famous „fearless girl“ facing the Wall Street bull – was unveiled in front of the Norwegian parliament in Oslo. „He is there to celebrate the fact that Norway has managed to elect women leaders in the government and in the business world, but also to remember that we still have a way to build,“ the billionaire Christian Ringnes, who bought the statue.
– In France they sell a more expensive newspaper to men –
On Thursday, the French newspaper Libération sold 25% more expensive to men than to women, to symbolize wage inequality between the sexes. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a battery of measures to end inequalities between men and women in the world of work.
– Manifestation before the Duma –
On the initiative of Amnesty International, a dozen people, including Ksenia Sobtchak, opposition candidate for the presidential election on March 18, met before the lower chamber of the Russian parliament (Duma) in Moscow to support journalists who have denounced sexual harassment of a deputy, Léonid Sloutski. The USSR was a pioneer in granting rights to women a century ago. In 1965 a holiday was decreed on March 8
– In Italy, disparate strike –
A call to strike to protest against violence against women was followed in different ways. The movement affected mostly the metro and buses in Rome, as well as trains and air traffic. Several domestic flights were canceled at the Rome airport.