The symbolic women’s strike is on March 8th from 11am – 1pm,
The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, has signed a decree which will officially request the work of the female Adeje councillors be covered during the hours of 11am to 1pm on Thursday, March 8th, International Women’s Day. This is the manner in which the council normally replaces an official on holiday or on a break. This announcement is, in effect, an demonstration of his public support for the borough’s female councillors who will leave their offices during the hours in question.
The strike, which is also taking place in other countries, is called for March 8th, and women can either strike for the full working day or for a few hours. The mayor said, “I have always believed in equality between men and women. The level of inequality we have seen over the years has been, at times, difficult to uproot, but not impossible and I am firmly convinced that only by working together, women and men, can we achieve full and lasting equality. On this occasion many trade unions and women’s groups have called for this strike for women. The way we man can contribute is to take on the work of our colleagues on strike, as we have been asked to do, and that is what I am doing with this decree. It may be only a gesture but we hope one that will help make visible the need for many other men to be more aware of the need to work for equality, both in our professional and our personal lives”:
Yesterday the borough’s female councillors announced that they would all be taking part in the strike between the hours of 11am and 1pm, coming together with many other women in the town’s Plaza de España. At midday a manifestation will be read out.
The aim of the strike is to make people more aware of the work women do every day, that when they stop the world stops. The strike is also about the right to a life free from domestic violence, and requesting more resources to combat that particular scourge. It is also about combatting all forms of gender violence, breaking glass barriers in the world of work and insisting on equal pay for equal work.
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