WOMEN
03/08/2019 14:29 EST | Updated 03/08/2019 17:09 EST

Thousands Strike In Spain To Demand Equal Pay, End To Gender Discrimination

Over 500 street demonstrations around the country marked International Women's Day.

Thousands of workers in Spain are participating in a “feminist strike” on Friday, demanding an end to gender-based violence, discrimination and wage inequity.

The strike falls on March 8, observed around the world as International Women’s Day, and follows the huge success of a similar walkout last year, joined by over 5 million workers.

Several groups, including the March 8 Commission ― a network of feminist groups ― and two main labor unions, helped organize and promote the strike, along with some 500 street demonstrations around the country.

The March 8 Commission drafted a 29-page document ahead of the strike, describing an ultimate goal of “subverting the world order and the pervading hetero-patriarchal, racist and neoliberal rhetoric,” according to El Pais.

The group also called for an end to the perpetuation of “stereotypes about toxic-romantic love,” and suggested that judges, police officers and social workers be required to receive “feminist training.”

Scroll down to see photos of the demonstrations across Spain.