Million Women in Spain Walked Out of Work for International Women's Day


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.

Organized by "Comision 8M", a forum made up of feminist groups from all over Spain, the strike drew support from all Spanish labor unions. Two women were fired for supporting the 24-hour strike among their coworkers in Telemark.

Hundreds had kicked off the action in the capital with a pot banging protest at midnight on the Puerta del Sol central square.

The 8 March Commission is behind the strike. The manifesto of the 8 March Commission, which organised the marches, called for: "A society free of sexist oppression, exploitation and violence". We do not accept worse working conditions, nor being paid less than men for the same work.

Women earn on average 13 and 19 per cent less than men in the public and private sectors respectively in Spain, according to data from the EU.

Feminist groups only want women to strike, to show how important their absence is, but Spanish law does not allow for single-gender strikes and men were welcome to support it.

In 1917, females in Russian Federation against the background of the war elected to strike and protest on the last Sunday in February for "Bread and Peace".

And after being held inside Vatican City for years, the Voices of Faith conference, which champions women's leadership in the global Catholic community, moved to the headquarters of the Jesuit order.

The day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 1975 and has since been embraced by many countries around the world as a way to both honor the women's rights movement and call attention to the current inequalities that women face throughout the world.

"We will join the Me Too movement until the end to eradicate all types of sexual violence that infringe upon women's rights", said The Korean National Council of Women (KNCW) in a statement.

In Rome, the actress Asia Argento, who has received criticism in Italy for accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, was among the women who marched.

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

Authorities did not say how many participated in Spain´s first-ever women nationwide strike held on International Women´s Day, but the country´s two largest unions said more than 5 million women took part.