For the past two years, millions of women and men across Spain have taken part in a general strike and protest to mark International Women’s Day, on March 8. Not since the anti-austerity protests in 2011, which gave rise to a new political party, the far-left Podemos, have so many Spaniards taken to the streets.
Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
During the annual session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women last month, negotiations became heated over words like “gender” and “reproductive rights,” which the U.S. pushed to omit from its outcome document. Though unsuccessful, those efforts send a troubling message, says Rachel Vogelstein.
Last year’s mass rallies in Argentina calling for a loosening of abortion laws represented a turning point in the eyes of abortion rights activists. Yet across Latin America, women still suffer the legal and medical consequences of abortion restrictions, and a looming right-wing backlash could make things worse.