Frauenstreik Zurich 2019

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019 Switzerland

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019

If you hadn’t read the newspapers and were ambling round the streets of Zurich or any large Swiss city on Friday 14th June in the late afternoon, you might have wondered what was going on. In fact from around 5pm onwards the centre of Zurich, along with many other Swiss cities, became centre stage for the “Frauenstreik 2019”. Billed as the biggest national women’s strike since 1991, the march took place not just in Switzerland but in all big cities across the land, and in the countryside too.

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019

What Is the Frauenstreik?

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019 Switzerland

So what is the Frauenstreik? Well it is a protest to highlight the inequalities that still exist between women and men in the world today. Among other things, it is a demand for equality in earnings and more say in politics as well as more recognition for lower paid roles such as carers, which are typically filled by women. In Switzerland women are still paid around 19.6% less than men on average and unfortunately this figure is on the rise.

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019

The march was also to show solidarity with women everywhere else in the world, particularly in countries where women are far more oppressed that they are in Switzerland. Apparently over 160,000 people took part in this march for equality and solidarity in Zurich alone and according to the organizers, it was the biggest political demonstration in Switzerland’s recent history.

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019 Switzerland

Work and Home Inequalities

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019

It protest refers to the female situation not just in the world of work, but also in life in general. For a country which only gave its females a vote in 1971, one of the last countries in Europe to do so, female inequality is still a very sensitive issue.

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019 Switzerland

Women and Men, Young and Old

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019 Switzerland

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019 Switzerland

There was a big gathering at Central in Zurich and shortly before 5 pm, the march began from the station along Bahnhofstrasse via Paradeplatz and Stauffacher to Helvetiaplatz. Relaxed and friendly from what I could see, it was also very colourful with pink and purple being the dominant shade.
Frauenstreik Zurich 2019 Switzerland

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019 Switzerland

Frauenstreik Zurich 2019 Switzerland Frauenstreik Zurich 2019 Switzerland Frauenstreik Zurich 2019 Switzerland

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