Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Feminist Strike Seeks Fairer Deal

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Feminist Strike Seeks Fairer Deal

Article excerpt

WOMEN in Spain marked International Women's Day by deserting paid and unpaid labour to take part in the country's first nationwide "feminist strike".

The 24-hour walkout, aimed at drawing attention to domestic violence, sexual discrimination and the gender pay gap, substantially disrupted the country's train network.

The transport ministry cancelled 300 trains.

The strike called by 10 unions began with a pot-banging demonstration in Madrid public square Puerto del Sol at midnight.

Activists marched to call for an end to gender violence, the nation's "macho" culture and gender disparities in salaries.

Feminist groups called for women to abandon their domestic chores for the day and not spend any money, in an attempt to show how integral women were to the economy.

The walkout had the backing of some of Spain's highest-profile female politicians, including Madrid and Barcelona's mayors.

But the protests have also been the subject of heated debate in the country in recent weeks. …

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