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Striking Spanish women hold hundreds of rallies against gender inequality

Striking Spanish women hold hundreds of rallies against gender inequality”

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.

This is the second year the group has planned an event to mark March 8.

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"The criminalisation of the sex industry makes our work unsafe and exposes us to violence", organisers say in an online statement.

Ms Colau, who has been mayor of Barcelona since 2015, said she was joining the strike "to show that without women the world really does stop". Activists marched to call for an end to gender disparities in salaries, gender violence and the nation's "macho" culture.

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The two main trade unions supported half-day stoppages and estimated that almost 6 million people took part. While the bishop of San Sebastián, José Ignacio Munilla, said Christianity was opposed to radical feminism because it has lost sight of "the true feminine cause" and made victims of women.

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.

"I feel that there is a really worldwide offensive against women's rights".

In Italy, actress Asia Argento, who helped sparked the #MeToo campaign previous year, said she is launching a new movement, #WeToo, to unite women against a power imbalance favoring men. Protesters said the president was among the worst violators of women's rights in Asia.

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In politics, women members of the Coalicio Compromis party in the Valencia regional assembly were on strike, while in Madrid, women Podemos councilors also respected the strike action. She said no one has the right to comment on their physical appearance or to speak to them disrespectfully.

Supportive unions in Spain, such as General Work Confederation (CGT), Work National Coordinator (CNT) and Interunion Confederation (CI) called for a 24-hour general strike, while the government-aligned Laborers Commissions (CCOO) and General Workers' Union (UGT) propo|sed two 2-hour strikes during the day.

Rallies were also held in France, South Korea, Guinea and many other countries.

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