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10 March 2018, 01:20 | Vickie Mathis
International Women's Day: Hundreds of trains cancelled as Spanish women walk out in first 'feminist strike'
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. For 24 hours, women will not go to work or perform unpaid household labor.
They also quoted and condemned Duterte's discriminatory words, whom they criticized for promoting prejudices against femininity, according to the statement issued by the Center for Women's Resources, the group that organized the meeting.
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. She held a placard reading "Deputies - we don't want you".
Among the enthusiastic protesters was Noemi Sanchez, an engineer who works at a security company in Madrid and who chose to join the strike. The theme was "If we stop, the world stops".
Another government initiative would fine companies with more than 50 employees if there is an "unjustified" gender wage gap.
In February, Duterte told soldiers to shoot female communist rebels in the genitals, in his latest remarks to be denounced by rights groups for encouraging violence against women.
Thursday's strike of women in the media has the backing of several unions, including the Workers' Commissions and General Union of Workers, which are two of Spain's largest unions. Women participating in rallies across the globe are bringing #MeToo and #NoMore into the conversation, together making one point clear: Time's up.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was the target of a protest in central Manila by hundreds of activists in pink and purple shirts.
Marta Valverde found out about the strike called for by the Work National Coordinator (CNT) and chose to spread the invitation to her fellow coworkers.
"I feel that there is a really worldwide offensive against women's rights". "Man enough to say no to domestic abuse", said another. Former Irish President Mary McAleese, an advocate for women's ordination and gay rights, accused the church's all-male leadership of refusing to change women's second-class status.
The International Women's Day Strike hosted a number of high-profile speakers, including Dolores Huerta of Farm Workers Union fame, actress Mimi Kennedy, Black Lives Matter/LA and Emiliana Guereca of Women's March LA. She said no one has the right to comment on their physical appearance or to speak to them disrespectfully.
The survey, conducted among more than 4,500 senior executives across 35 countries showed that 46.58 percent of Filipino women in business hold senior management roles.
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