Rallies and other events are planned in cities around the world, from Paris and Madrid to Baghdad, Istanbul and Singapore
Women will demonstrate en masse today around the world to defend their rights, which are under attack in many countries.
During today’s International Women’s Day, many rallies and other events are planned in various cities of the world, from Paris and Madrid, to Baghdad, Istanbul and Singapore.
The Taliban in Afghanistan, the massive crackdown on protests that erupted in Iran following the death of Mahsha Amini after she was arrested by the morality police, the questioning of abortion rights in the US, the effects of the war in Ukraine on women: the There are many reasons for the protests.
Women “remain the first victims of wars and are underrepresented in diplomatic talks”, officials complained today before the UN Security Council.
“Gender equality is moving further and further away,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday.
Moreover, yesterday, Tuesday, the European Union adopted sanctions against 9 persons and 3 entities responsible for sexual violence and violations of women’s rights in six countries (Afghanistan, Russia, South Sudan, Myanmar, Iran, Syria).
Rallies and demonstrations
In the London Madame Tussauds will celebrate today by unveiling a new wax statue of British activist Emmeline Pankhurst, who in 1903 founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, promoting women’s right to vote.
In Europe, rallies are planned in many countries, such as in France and Spain.
Elsewhere in the world, however, demonstrations have been banned, such as in Lahore Pakistana conservative and patriarchal country where the authorities justified their decision by citing “controversial banners and banners” held by female protesters that referred to taboo subjects such as divorce, sexual harassment or menstruation.
In the Mexico with the slogan “No more women murdered” and “Against male violence and precarious work” the demonstrators will march in the country’s largest cities, where 969 femicides were recorded in 2022, according to official figures.
“We are women and so many of our rights are not respected today by the government and the country,” activist Yuli Indriani told a crowd of about 50 women gathered in heavy rain in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital.
In Japan, which last year ranked 116th out of 146 countries in the World Economic Forum’s ranking of gender equality, government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno said at a press conference that progress had been made in improving women’s working conditions. He added, however, that more needs to be done.
On the other hand, Canada outdated anti-abortion laws were struck down, while Ireland announced a referendum in November to remove outdated references to women in the country’s constitution.
In Colombia are planned rallies demanding measures to address the increased number of femicides. In 2022, 614 murders of women were recorded in the country compared to 182 in 2020, according to the data of the competent ministry.
The American Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and the first lady of USA Jill Biden will give Washington an award for their contribution “to a better tomorrow to eleven exceptional women from around the world.”
Feminists in the US are also particularly mobilizing to defend the right to abortion, which is at risk in the country after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
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