Women workers in Spain are marking International Women’s Day with an unprecedented strike targeting gender inequality and sexual discrimination.
Work has been halted as part of a 24-hour strike organised by the 8 March Commission and backed by 10 unions and some of Spain’s top women politicians.
Scores of marches under the slogan “if we stop, the world stops” are taking place across Spain.
According to BBC, Women taking part have stopped working and have been urged by organisers to spend no money and ditch any domestic chores for the day.
Police were called to stop protesters blocking main roads in Barcelona but some women pickets still brought areas to a standstill.
Public transport nationwide is available but at reduced services and flights have also been affected.
Its manifesto calls for “a society free of sexist oppression, exploitation and violence” and says: “We do not accept worse working conditions, nor being paid less than men for the same work.”