A protest movement pioneered in large part by women in Argentina will today culminate in the “Paro Internacional de Mujeres” (International Women’s Strike), which coincides with International Women’s Day.
Hundreds of thousands of women in Argentina will take to the streets to call for equality, rights, abortion and an end to gender-based violence.
Women in countries as diverse as Spain, the Phillipines, the United States, Italy and India, will also carry out strikes or protests today.
Protest activity will begin around midday in downtown Buenos Aires where the country’s main march will take place. It will conclude at the Congress building at around sunset. There, around 14 women leaders will appear on stage to accompany journalist Liliana Daunes as she reads a declaration focusing on lay-offs, abortion, discrimination, violence, immigration and more.
Argentina’s International Women’s Strike is expected to be one of the largest in the world because of the impressive organisational capacity of the this country’s women, which has included protest movements like #NiUnaMenos and a recent push for abortion reform.
Thousands of women participated in open-mic assemblies to organise today’s march.
On Monday, organisers held a press conference encouraging male allies to support the march by taking charge of their female partners’, relatives’ or friends’ children or homes.