Millions of Women Strike in Spain to Highlight Their Vital Role

A demonstrator raises a heart shaped cardboard sign reading''Not submissive. Not devotee. I want you to be free beautiful and crazy

Iconic Spanish actor Penelope Cruz showed solidarity with the protests by cancelling public events she had planned and also going on "domestic" strike - leaving her partner Javier Bardem to care for their two children.

A poll of for El Pais found 82 per cent supported the strike while 76 per cent thought women living in Spain had more hard lives than their male counterparts.

"We never thought they would take reprisals", said Valverde. In England, the Women's Strike Assembly UK called for women to wear red, while France's Libération newspaper was sold for €2.50 for men, but €2.00 for women.

Demonstrators chanting "if we stop, the world stops" have blocked roads and forced the cancellation of hundreds of rail services, according to El Pais. Activists marched to call for an end to gender disparities in salaries, gender violence and the nation's "macho" culture.

In a speech marking International Women's Day, she said, "A country's human rights values will be enhanced when women are granted their rights".

Thursday's strike of women in the media has the backing of several unions, including the Workers' Commissions and General Union of Workers, which are two of Spain's largest unions.

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Women journalists are expected to join in demonstrations across Spain as part of the International Women's Day strike.

"I feel that there is a really worldwide offensive against women's rights".

Asia Argento, an Italian actress who helped launch the #MeToo movement, said she is launching a new movement, #WeToo, which aims to unite women against the power imbalance in favor of men. Former Irish President Mary McAleese, an advocate for women's ordination and gay rights, accused the church's all-male leadership of refusing to change women's second-class status.

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