THOUSANDS of protesters have demonstrated for gender equality in cities across Spain for International Women’s Day today (Friday) and millions more have gone on strike, according to trade unions.
The General Workers Union (UGT) and the Workers Commission (CCOO) estimated that between five and six million people walked out of work for at least two hours. That is similar to the 5.3 million who took part in industrial action last year.
Cities including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga and Bilbao have witnessed mass rallies organised to coincide with the day.
Madrid Mayor Manela Carmena said the demonstrations showed feminism was an “unstoppable force”.
Marches are expected to continue into this evening.