International Women’s Day: Calls to Action, Protests and Words of Praise
Iceland’s government announced plans to eradicate gender pay disparities by 2022. Four Russian feminist activists unfurled a giant poster outside the Kremlin in Moscow, denouncing the patriarchy (they were arrested). India’s prime minister honored a symbol of rural women’s aspirations for dignity and self-sufficiency — the toilet. The Egyptian authorities said they would allow female prisoners an extra family visit this month.
The events were all centered on International Women’s Day on Wednesday, and people and governments across the globe observed it in an outpouring of support for women’s equality and empowerment. But amid the celebrations, protests were brewing.
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, small groups of women began taking to the streets at noon in preparation for a march later in the afternoon. Tens of thousands of people were expected to attend.
Erika Monteiro, 30, a public-sector employee, decided to join a protest of about two dozen women outside Congress during her hourlong lunch break. “They are killing us,” Monteiro said, referring to the chilling statistic that a woman is killed in Argentina every 30 hours because of her gender. “We can’t get used to that as if it were normal.”
Thousands marched in Rome on Wednesday evening, in what was the largest of dozens of demonstrations in various Italian cities.
One of the most unusual events occurred in India, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over a ceremony in honor of 10 women who had campaigned to improve rural sanitation. They included Sushila Khurkute, 30, who recently gained prominence when, seven months into her third pregnancy, she spent three solitary days chipping away at the rocky ground with a stick to make her family a toilet.
最为非同寻常的事情之一发生在印度。该国总理纳伦德拉·莫迪(Narendra Modi)主持了一场仪式，表彰10名为改善乡村卫生条件而四处活动的女性。她们中包括30岁的苏希拉·胡尔库特(Sushila Khurkute)。最近，她因为独自在三天时间里用一根棍子为家人在一片布满岩石的地上一小块一小块地凿出了一个厕所而声名远扬。当时，她第三胎已怀孕七个月了。
A group of UNICEF volunteers touring the area began documenting her efforts. The toilet, she told them, was crucial to the welfare of her child. Because women defecating in open fields are vulnerable to sexual assault, she said, she had starved herself during her two previous pregnancies, weakening her babies.
#ADayWithoutaWoman quickly became a popular hashtag on social media, calling on American women to participate in a national strike by taking the day off from work; not shopping (except in small businesses or female- or minority-owned stores); or wearing red in solidarity. The organizers of the Women’s March in Washington targeted the Trump International Hotel for a protest, and some were arrested.
#没有女性的一天迅速成了社交媒体上的热门标签，呼吁美国女性用罢工一天、不购物（除非是在小店铺和女性或少数族裔开的商店里）或统一穿红色衣服的方式，参加一场全国性的罢工。“女性向华盛顿进军”(Women's March on Washington)的组织者把特朗普国际酒店(Trump International Hotel)作为一场抗议的对象，部分人被捕。