Women in Switzerland demand gender equality

Many women in Switzerland went on strike on Friday and took part in demonstrations demanding equality with men, especially in wages.

The women who took to the streets of Geneva held banners and chanted slogans demanding equal pay for both gender, While the police took strict security measures in the city, and stopped public transport during the time of the demonstration

Gender equality was first incorporated into the Swiss Federal Constitution on June 14, 1981, but has not been implemented in practical way. Women in Switzerland receive 12% less wages than men when doing the same work, while women’s organizations say the percentage is up to 20%, according to statistics and data.

In addition to equal pay, women strikers throughout the country demand a balance between work and family life, improved retirement conditions and a rearrangement of working hours.

Similar demonstrations were launched calling for the same demands in 1991.

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