Spain: Women workers on strike

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

Feminist groups have also called on women not to spend money, particularly on items such as deodorant whose versions created for women often cost more, and to ditch domestic chores for the day.

Authorities did not say how many participated in Spain's first-ever women nationwide strike held on International Women's Day, but the country's two largest unions said more than 5 million women took part.

Marches in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia and a number of other cities were leading events in 200 Spanish locations.

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"We do not accept worse working conditions, nor being paid less than men for the same work".

A poll of 1,500 people for the El Pais daily suggested 82 per cent supported the strike, while 76 per cent thought women in Spain had harder lives than men.

Organised by "Comisión 8M", a forum made up of feminist groups from across Spain, the strike drew support from all Spanish labour unions.

Some have opposed the strike.

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However, two of the five female ministers in Spain's conservative government, Agriculture Minister Isabel García Tejerina and the president of the Madrid region, Cristina Cifuentes, said they would work longer hours to show the capacity of women.

The strike is being supported by some of the country's most powerful female politicians, including Madrid mayor Manuela Carmena and Barcelona mayor Ada Colau, The Guardian reported.

Actress Penelope Cruz cancelled planned public events and said she would go on "domestic" strike.

You might also like:What's happening elsewhere in the world? But the list of speakers has angered the Church and Pope Francis has declined to attend or celebrate Mass.

For its part, French left-wing newspaper Liberation put up its price for the day by $0.50, but only for men, to make a point about the wage gap.

What has the social media response been?

"Unite against violence against women", one placard urged. They strike against sexual abuse, domestic & state violence, poverty, discrimination, criminalization of survival, environmental devastation, war.

At present, some 48.5 per cent of women and girls over the age of 15 are part of the global workforce, the International Labour Organisation said in a report.

The Wired site used the day to highlight female innovators around the globe.

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