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International Women's Day: 'Millions' join Spain strike

March 8, 2018 4:20 pm

Women workers in Spain are marking International Women’s Day with an unprecedented strike targeting gender inequality and sexual discrimination.

Unions said 5.3 million women had joined the 24-hour strike, backed by 10 unions and some of Spain’s top women politicians.

Hundreds of thousands of women have joined street protests across Spain, shouting “if we stop, the world stops”.

Events marking the day are being held in dozens of other nations.

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What’s happening in Spain?
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.