Women worldwide strike and protest for International Women's Day

Protest in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Protest in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Women were striking, protesting, and rallying for their rights across the United States and around the world on March 8 in honor of International Women's Day.

The US strike, known as "A Day Without a Woman" and organised in solidarity with an international strike, invovled women across the United States taking to the streets to voice opposition to the anti-women stance of the Trump administration and the Republican Party, and in support for women's rights worldwide. The strike is so widespread that multiple schools closed down for lack of teachers, as Common Dreams reported.

In Boston, a downtown demonstrationl protested the gender wage gap, in support of working women. In Michigan, women flooded the capitol steps to advocate for gun control. In Washington, DC, House Democratic women  staged a walkout and rallying at the capitol building at 12pm EST; a "Stop the Gag" demonstration at 11am will see women marching to the White House demanding an end to the global gag rule; and a "Womens Workers Rising" rally at the U.S. Department of Labor is planned for 3:30pm.

Worldwide, women in more than 50 countries demonstrated against misogyny as part of the International Women's Strike called for the day, demanding rights and equal wages.

In Dublin, Ireland, for example, women have flooded the streets by the hundreds to protest the country's abortion ban. In Juarez, Mexico, women are painting black crosses on lamp poles to raise awareness of state's epidemic of missing and murdered women. And in Kiev, Ukraine, and Tbilisi, Georgia, women rallied in enormous numbers against the wage gap and patriarchal laws.

Follow along with the day's actions on social media under the hashtags #WhyIStrike#DayWithoutAWoman, #WomenStrike#March8Strike, and #InternationalWomensDay

Below are photos from actions celebrating women and advocating for equal rights around the world. The article and photos are reposted from Common Dreams.

 

On binlerce kadın feminist gece yürüyüşünde İstiklal Caddesi'ndeydi! "Hayır, hayır demektir" #womenstrike #8martdünyakadınlargünü pic.twitter.com/hZkYl4qfrs

— Kadınlar Birlikte (@8MartaDogru) March 8, 2017

#VIDEO: 'It's matter of life and death' - Dublin city at a standstill as thousands attend #Strike4Repeal protest https://t.co/hZZu8KTyTS pic.twitter.com/YDPRpNGtZ2

— Independent.ie (@Independent_ie) March 8, 2017

A women holds up a sign at a rally in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo: Reuters)
A women holds up a sign at a rally in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo: Reuters)

 

Romanian women lie on the floor of a police station to protest a lack of protection for abused women. (Photo: Getty)
Romanian women lie on the floor of a police station to protest a lack of protection for abused women. (Photo: Getty)

En Perú arranca #8MYoParo. #NosotrosCubrimos #ParoDeMujeres #NiUnaMenos #VivasNosQueremos pic.twitter.com/zmLlEPpmXI

— Tiempo Argentino (@tiempoarg) March 8, 2017

Peasant #Women of The Southern Peasant Federation of #Thailand celebrating #IWD & joining #Womenstrike @WomenStrike @apwld @focussouth pic.twitter.com/dIbqhFcQdt

— Bee (@BeePranom) March 8, 2017

Women paint a black cross on a lamp post to commemorate missing and murdered women in Juarez, Mexico. (Photo: Reuters)
Women paint a black cross on a lamp post to commemorate missing and murdered women in Juarez, Mexico. (Photo: Reuters)

 

In rome #8M #feminstrike:sit-in workers and students in front of companies and institutions: We Strike! pic.twitter.com/ttaNwJSjCc

— DinamoPress (@DinamoPress) March 8, 2017

@womensmarchlon scenes from #IWD2017 #womensstrike in #London pic.twitter.com/w8eWJiIOOM

— Dr. Lily Jampol (@LJampol) March 8, 2017

A demonstrator hods up a Shepard Fairey sign in Kosovo. (Photo: Getty)
A demonstrator hods up a Shepard Fairey sign in Kosovo. (Photo: Getty)

Major demonstration in Warsaw's Constitution Square.#IWD2017 pic.twitter.com/HLeD4FbCcU

— Christian Davies (@crsdavies) March 8, 2017

"We have no fear" #diainternacionaldelamujer #Madrid #nosotrasparamos #8m #NiUnaMenos pic.twitter.com/52xsKqesZ0

— Take the square (@takethesquare) March 8, 2017

A protest in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo: Reuters)|
A protest in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo: Reuters)

ATM: Various groups under Bagong Alyansang Makabayan held a mobilization commemorating International Working Women's Day. #WomenStrike pic.twitter.com/CLCQVbQGim

— UPM USC #FreeEducNow (@UPMUSC) March 8, 2017

 

Protesters meet a line of riot police as they attempt to march to the U.S. embassy in Manila. (Photo: AP)
Women protesting U.S. imperialism meet a line of riot police as they attempt to march to the U.S. embassy in Manila. (Photo: AP)