Swiss women strike for gender equality 

Women went on strike across Switzerland on June 14 in protest over the slow pace their country has taken towards gender equality. 

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Why this story matters:

There was a mobilization online in recent weeks as Swiss women across the country prepared for a nationwide strike to protest the country's slow pace towards equality.

The protest for gender equality took place on friday June 14 -- 28 years after a similar protest saw half a million women take to the streets. 

The pace of gender equality has long been a hot topic with women in Switzerland, they did not even receive the right to vote until 1971.

When the 1991 strike took place, it was in reaction to persisting signs of inequality, such as the fact that there were no women in the Swiss government, and there was no statutory maternity leave. Also, Appenzell, the last Swiss canton to refuse women the right to vote, had just been ordered to change its policy by Switzerland's Supreme Court.

Gender inequality still persists openly according to those planning on attending the strike. 

According to one law student quoted in the article recommended below: ""People will get informed about the many disadvantages women still face: we don't get equal pay, men still get prioritized with certain jobs. Girls are given fewer chances to go to university or higher education because they are the ones who will have children."

Every Swiss town and village, from urban center to alpine farming community, has some strike related activity planned for the day -- a strong indication of women's widespread impatience with the slow pace of equality.

Details from the story:

  • The new strike was suggested last year in response to the Swiss parliament's decision to introduce more scrutiny on equal pay.
  • The government's move only related to companies with more than 100 employees, a measure that women trade union leaders dismissed as virtually meaningless.
  • Since then, women across the country have been using social media to exploit the power of the hashtag.
  • #Frauenstreik has been trending for days.


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