Worldwide rallies and events for women's rights

Spain In protest against gender inequality women to stop working on International Women’s Day

She pointed out that there was not a single woman appointed to the National Security Council (NSC).

Women across Spain went on strike and held street protests against gender inequality on Thursday, including midnight pot-banging rallies, bike demos and demonstrations under the rain in city squares.

Forty-nine women were killed by their partners or ex-partners in the country past year, an increase from 44 in 2016.

Sobchak held her demonstration on Thursday, International Women's Day, which is observed as a public holiday in Russian Federation.

For decades, Spanish women did what women all over the world do on International Women's Day - held protests, seminars and marches.

"We're giving visibility to work that no one wants to recognise, whether it's at home or badly paid or done in the invisible economy", said the organisers.

Spain is a leading country in the fight for women's rights and against gender violence, even though much remains to be done.

Women protesters in Barcelona attempted to cut off traffic on some of the city's major thoroughfares which led to minor incidents.

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In the Philippine capital of Manila, hundreds of women dressed in pink and purple took to the streets to protest the 4,000 people killed under President Rodrigo Duterte and his heavy-handed crackdown on illicit drugs.

A rally for the rights of female workers was scheduled for later Thursday in central Seoul in South Korea, where a rapidly spreading #Metoo movement is galvanizing support for women's issues.

In India, hundreds of women, including students, teachers, and sex workers, marched through the capital to bring attention to domestic violence, sexual attacks, and discrimination in jobs and wages.

Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality Dolors Montserrat also questioned the usefulness of a women-only strike and defended those who are choosing to continue working. "My body, My choice". It commemorates the movement for women's rights.

In Africa, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni urged men to stop physically abusing their wives. Many female radio presenters are also not working.

In Rome, Catholic women challenged Pope Francis to give women a greater voice.

In Italy, actress Asia Argento, who helped sparked the #MeToo campaign a year ago, said she is launching a new movement, #WeToo, to unite women against a power imbalance favoring men. 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.


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