International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women’s Day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for over a century – and is growing annually from strength to strength.
Women across Spain prepare 24-hour strike at work and in the home (THE LOCAL)
Spanish women are planning to down tools to mark International Women’s day on Thursday to prove that “if we stop, the world stops”. On March 8 the women of Spain will take part in the first national strike to combat wage inequality and gender violence. For 24 hours, women are being called on to drop everything—from briefcases to brooms—and take to the streets and protest.
Here’s what you need to know about the demonstrations:
Who and What:
Women all over the country will stay home from work on March 8, International Women’s Day, in the first nationwide strike to end “macho culture” in Spain.
Smaller strikes were held last year on International Women’s Day, but this is the first time there is a coordinated national effort to encourage women to stay home in every region of the country.
The ‘feminist strike’ will not only be limited to women in the workplace but will also stretch to the home, where women are being encouraged to abandon their usual duties including childcare, cooking and household chores.
Spain’s come a long way since the dark days of Gen Francisco Franco when a woman’s role was firmly in the home and she needed permission from her husband to get a job, open a bank account, own property or even travel away from home.
But women still don’t enjoy parity with men in Spain and there is a way to go to bridge the gender gap. READ MORE…..