每日跟讀#587: International Women’s Day marked across the world
Protests and celebrations were staged across the world to mark International Women’s Day on March 8 as issues of gender equality and gender violence were highlighted in myriad ways.
In Spain, an estimated six million — reportedly including nuns — took part in a mass two-hour walkout to demand equal pay and rights for women, according to UGT, one of the country’s largest unions.
Thousands of women flooded the streets and squares of Madrid carrying placards saying, “Liberty, Equality, Friendship” and “The way I dress does not change the respect I deserve.”
Flags were flown at half-mast on government buildings in Portugal, where a day of mourning was observed for women killed by domestic violence.
India’s capital, New Delhi, and the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, were among cities to witness marches demanding an end to domestic violence, sexual attacks and discrimination in jobs.
There were debates, including a global conference in Rwanda on family planning. And there were public holidays, including in Uganda, where the National Young Women’s Dialogue was held in the capital, Kampala.
Sessions training men and women from rural villages on child marriage were organized in Tanzania.
In the UK, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, joined the singer Annie Lennox, Australia’s former prime minister Julia Gillard, and the model Adwoa Aboah in a panel discussion at King’s College London about issues affecting women, hosted by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
But there was implied criticism of the prime minister, Theresa May, after she took just one question from a female journalist following her Brexit speech in Grimsby, compared with five from male journalists.
“Only one question from a woman reporter?” a female TV journalist shouted. May replied: “You’ve had answers from a woman prime minister.”