International Women's Day around the globe

Geraldine Edwards
March 10, 2019

West Germans began to mark International Women's Day more widely in the 1970s, after it was officially adopted by the United Nations, and this year Berlin expects to see a mass march to Clara Zetkin's memorial on the central Alexanderplatz Square.

However, as a spokesperson from the National Confederation of Labour (CNT)-one of the unions organizing the strike-told Kelly, the issues and related demands for progress that are driving Friday events aren't confined to Spain or women. Zetkin, a Marxist theorist and women's rights activist, proposed the idea at an worldwide socialist women's conference in Copenhagen in 1910, according to Deutsche Welle.

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This year, Germany made the day a public holiday while protests were organised in Madrid and Paris with French president Emmanuel Macron also handing out the first-ever "Simone Veil prize" to honour actions to advance women's rights across the world.

The strike, which is organised by the Comisión 8M (March 8 Commission), which is comprised of feminist groups scattered throughout the state, comes on International Women's Day. "We need to ensure that women cannot only be active in leadership positions, but in every profession".

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She says the Alliance also intends to highlight the treatment of women in jail and asylum centres, campaigning under the slogan "United we get what we want". International Women's Day is a day of hope and reflection of celebration of women and gender parity in our society.

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