A woman wearing Venus symbol during a demonstration in Barcelona on March 8, 2018 to celebrate International Women’s Rights Day
From the general women’s strike in Spain to a women’s „marathon“ in a former stronghold of the Islamic State group in Iraq, many events and demonstrations marked this Thursday, March 8 in the world the International Day of Women’s Rights.
– Spain: „feminist“ general strike –
A general women’s strike, unprecedented in the country, has led to pickets in front of department stores, disruptions in transportation and the absence of female presenters in the media. The two main Spanish unions, UGT and CCOO, had called for a two-hour work stoppage by 5.3 million people in the country, according to their estimates. Ten other unions had called for a strike all day, inspired by a similar movement in Iceland in 1975.
– Iraq: Women’s „marathon“ in Mosul –
Iraqi Women Celebrate International Women’s Day in Mosul on March 8, 2018
About 300 women took part in a symbolic „marathon“ of 900 meters on an avenue in Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, taken over in July by ISIS jihadists. „With this marathon, we want to give the woman back her place, while she has been kept away for a long time“ in Mosul, said the organizer of the event, Fatima Khalaf. Among the organizers, some waved placards recalling the harsh realities suffered by Iraqi women: „Enough of the marriage of minors!“, „Break your silence and say ’no‘!“ or „I have the right to express myself freely“.
– Germany: Merkel wants more homework for men –
„Women’s fight for equal rights continues,“ chancellor Angela Merkel said in a video that there is still much to be done „for women to get the same rights as well as new homework for men „. She added that there will be „certainly an interesting combination of men and women“ in her future new government.
– Egypt: Nefertiti in the spotlight –
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo has three outstanding treasures that highlight the role of women in ancient Egypt. One of these works is a quartzite head of Nefertiti, queen of legendary beauty who exercised a fundamental political and religious role more than 3,300 years ago alongside her husband, the pharaoh Akhenaton.
– Kosovo: „Panels of Vengeance“ –
„How many missed calls?“ interrogates a sign in front of the Kosovo police headquarters, referring to the women murdered by their spouses after denouncing their violence
Three large red billboards resembling those of the famous crime movie „Three Billboards: Panels of Vengeance“ were erected in front of Pristina police headquarters. „How many missed calls?“ asks the first panel. The other two are named after Diana Kastrati and Zejnepe Bytyqi, who were murdered in 2011 and 2015 respectively by their spouses, whose abuses they repeatedly reported to the authorities.
– Norway: „Fearless girl“ in Oslo –
Millionaire Christian Ringnes (center) poses with the replica of the statue „Fearless Girl“ by Kristin Visbal, acquired by his foundation and exhibited in Oslo on March 8, 2018
A replica of the „Fearless Girl“ – the famous statue of the little girl facing the bull installed a year ago on Wall Street was unveiled in Oslo in front of the Norwegian Parliament. „She is here to pay tribute to the fact that Norway has managed to give birth to women leaders in government and business, but also to remember that we still have some way to go,“ said the chain. TV2 billionaire Christian Ringnes, who bought the statue.
– France: a newspaper sold more expensive to men –
Wages: still no parity
The French daily Libération was sold 25% more expensive to men than women Thursday, to symbolize the wage gap between the sexes, which is also 25% on average in the country. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced a package of measures against these inequalities between men and women in the world of work, while France ranks among the worst countries in the field.
– Russia: gathering before the Duma –
At the initiative of Amnesty International, a dozen people, including Ksenia Sobchak, opposition candidate in the presidential election of 18 March, gathered in the Duma (lower house of the Russian Parliament) in Moscow to support journalists who accused sexual harassment of a deputy, Leonid Sloutski. The USSR was a pioneer in terms of women’s rights a century ago and on 8 March was declared a holiday in 1965, which is still in Russia today. But cases of sexual harassment are most often put into perspective or even treated with irony.