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Elsie Buchanan | 10 March, 2018, 01:21

Thousands of women are refusing to work, boycotting domestic tasks and occupying the streets around the world as part of a global strike on International Women's Day.

Acknowledging that striking is a challenge for many people due to lost wages and fear of repercussions, the group called for solidarity among all women.

At midnight in Madrid, protesters went to the central square and banged pots and pans.

She said: "In these days we have been having incredibly respectful and fantastic debates there, about wage gap, about caretaking and our jobs".

This forms part of a call by 8M on women around the world to participate in a general strike inside and outside of the home in protest against wider inequalities. The aim of the strike is also to build relationships among diverse organizations of women.

Women protesters in Barcelona attempted to cut off traffic on some of the city's major thoroughfares which led to minor incidents.

In France, a leading newspaper found a witty way of making its point about discrimination and the gender pay gap-by upping its price for men.

"Yearly demonstrations are not enough to make the situation for women improve", journalist and feminist Cristina Mas said.

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Past year in Spain 49 women were killed by their partners or ex-partners, compared with 44 in 2016.

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".

A series of feminist messages have been projected on to the Houses of ParliamentNicky J Sims/Getty ImagesHundreds of women in pink and purple shirts marched against President Duterte in Manila, accusing him of being one of the worst violators of women's rights in Asia. Protest leaders sang and danced in a boisterous rally in Plaza Miranda, handing red and white roses to mothers, sisters, and widows of drug suspects slain under Duterte's crackdown on illegal drugs.

Nonetheless, several USA companies, including McDonald's, Kroger and Old Navy, made gestures in recognition of the day, and the White House announced that first lady Melania Trump would present State Department courage awards to women from around the world at a March 21 ceremony.

Indian women shout slogans during a march to observe International Women's Day in New Delhi.

According to The Guardian, 5.3 million people walked out of work in Spain to support International Women's Day and, specifically, to call attention to gender disparities when it comes to sexual and domestic violence and income. South Korea's #MeToo movement has gained significant traction since January, when a female prosecutor began speaking openly about workplace mistreatment and sexual misconduct. The signs created for the rallies carry powerful messages like, "Who Run the World?"

Women without jobs were also urged to withhold labour.

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