International Women’s Day is an occasion to honor women and defend their rights

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The world is witnessing March 8 every year marches, protests and strikes leading to the publication of studies to mark World Women’s Day in an effort to intensify and coordinate efforts to achieve equality with men.

Some of the events of the global event include:

– Strikes for women –

For the second year in a row, the Spanish are carrying out a nationwide strike Friday in a move they hope will be the size of last year when millions of women took to the streets to defend their rights. The strike includes nuns, journalists and even the mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena.

The subject has been strongly present for days in a country with a strong movement for women’s rights and has taken a political dimension on International Women’s Day weeks before early legislative elections on 28 April.

“We want Spain to support women’s rights, because only thanks to the women’s movement will we end violence, muscle strength and get real equality,” Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a tweet.

– Protests against women’s hatred in the Philippines –

Some 4,000 marchers took part in rallies in the Philippine capital Manila chanting slogans against President Rodrigo Duterte, who constantly jokes about rape and admitted last year that his family servant had been tactfully touched as a teenager.

His aides say his remarks are nothing but a joke, but activists have denounced his “hatred of women” as “unacceptable”, citing statistics showing a 153 percent increase in rape in the country compared to the decade before his arrival.

A woman or child is raped every hour in the Asian archipelago.

– Flowers for mothers and wives –

In Pyongyang, flower sales are booming on International Women’s Day, which is a public holiday in North Korea. Customers flock to the shops to buy bouquets for their mothers, wives, relatives and friends.

“In our country women are responsible for one of the pillars of the revolution,” said Kim Il Sung, the country’s founder.

For South Korea’s current leader, Kim Jong-un, has found phrases in North Korean memory, including “the invincible revolutionary fighter” and “if women stick to their homes and stay away from work and organizational life, they can not be revolutionaries.”

– More homework –

Women globally make up more than three-quarters of the unpaid tasks in domestic work, averaging four hours and 25 minutes a day, while men only perform 1 hour and 23 minutes.

A report by the United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO) said that “the unbalanced division of work at home between men and women is one of the salient features of gender inequality.”

– bias against women –

A new book, Women Without Visibility, says that women’s lives are affected daily by a “lack of information” that touches almost everything in human life.

“What happens when we forget to take half of humanity into account,” said British author Caroline Criado Perez, referring to examples ranging from issues of limited anger and life-threatening situations.

She explained that it includes, for example, cars that use dolls to test accidents based on male measures.

She said men were always the focus of other products ranging from the application of voice recognition, which recognizes more the voice of men, and designs of mobile phones, which are often very large at the hands of women.

“Designers may think they are making products for everyone, but in fact they are designing them mainly for men,” she said.

– Putin in patrol with police officers –

In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin took a horse and toured a police station accompanied by police.

– Criticism of abusive women in Australia –

The Australian government used World Women’s Day to denounce a camping company that used cars with “hate-to-women” cartoons and slogans.

“We have no tolerance for sexual and anti-women slogans,” said Secretary of State Kelly O’Dower, while Transportation Minister Michael McCormack told the company.

– “Peace is a woman” –

At the Vatican, Pope Francis praised “the unique contribution of women to building a world that is home to all.”

“It is the woman who makes the world beautiful, guarded and kept alive, she carries the grace that makes things new, … and the courage of self-sacrifice,” the Pope said at the Vatican.

“Peace is a woman, born again and always with the tenderness of mothers … So the dream of peace is achieved by looking at women, so if we look forward to the future, if we dream of a future of peace, we should allow women.”

– Cameron wins French award –

France awarded the Simon Phil Award on Friday to Cameroonian activist Aisa Domara Ngatansu, who has been fighting forced marriage and other forms of violence against girls and women for 20 years.

With the award of 100,000 euros ($ 112,000), Mengatasi awarded the prize “to all women victims of violence and forced marriage” and those who escaped from the hordes of Boko Haram who are active in West Africa after they first appeared in Nigeria 10 years ago.

– mourning for victims of domestic violence in Portugal –

Portugal on Thursday declared mourning for women who died of domestic violence. The flags were dropped on official buildings while ministers held a minute of silence during the weekly cabinet meeting.

Last year, 28 women were killed by their partners or former partners, women’s rights groups say. Local media said 12 women had been killed this year.

“Violence must stop and this is a collective challenge for every society and every person among us,” the Portuguese prime minister wrote on Twitter. “Recollection of the victims is the first step towards taking a stand.”

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