The Latest on International Women’s Day:
McDonald’s has quickly flipped its well-known Golden Arches to seem like a “W” — a transfer it says it made to acknowledge International Women’s Day.
The upside-down emblem appeared Thursday on the fast-food large’s web site and social media accounts. It additionally flipped the arches at one restaurant in Lynwood, California. McDonald’s says that at about 100 of its 14,000 eating places, packaging and employee uniforms could have the flipped emblem.
McDonald’s additionally says six out of 10 of its restaurant managers are ladies and it wished to honor their accomplishments.
The Oak Brook, Illinois-based firm says it is the primary time it has flipped its Golden Arches emblem since they debuted at a restaurant six many years in the past.
Hundreds of girls have protested in Kosovo’s capital to commemorate International Women’s Day.
Some posters held up through the demonstration in Pristina mentioned “We march, we don’t rejoice” and “Job for me.”
Luljeta Aliu of the nonprofit Justice and Equality group says that “we struggle for our rights as ladies. We need our rights on the office. We don’t desire to be sexually harassed.”
Kosovo’s ombudsman has acknowledged that ladies are nonetheless discriminated towards within the property and job markets.
Three present and former French ministers have carried out in a play about ladies’s sexual experiences amid the French authorities’s push to spotlight gender inequality.
The state secretary for girls’s rights, Marlene Schiappa, carried out within the Vagina Monologues alongside Roselyne Bachelot, well being minister beneath conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy, and Myriam El Khomri, labor minister beneath Socialist president Francois Hollande.
Schiappa is presently championing a brand new invoice focusing on sexual violence and harassment.
Theater producer Jean-Marc Dumontet, who organized Wednesday’s efficiency in Paris, burdened the three politicians took a danger.
Dumontet informed The Associated Press that “it brings ladies’s points to a really distinguished place. They are actually talking out.”
Bachelot mentioned she agreed to carry out the play with Schiappa as a result of the struggle for gender equality goes past political divides.
Catholic ladies are difficult Pope Francis to give ladies a larger voice in Catholic Church decision-making, warning that they’re leaving the church in droves as a result of its all-male management refuses to change their entrenched second-class standing.
Former Irish President Mary McAleese, an outspoken advocate for girls’s ordination and homosexual rights, was the keynote speaker Thursday at an International Women’s Day convention that was moved off Vatican territory this yr as a result of a cardinal declined to sponsor it due to McAleese’s participation.
In her speech, delivered on the Rome headquarters of Francis’ Jesuit order, McAleese mentioned “The Catholic Church has lengthy since been a major world service of the poisonous virus of misogyny. Its management has by no means sought a treatment for that virus although the treatment is freely out there: Its identify is equality.”
French President Emmanuel Macron says his authorities goes to identify and disgrace firms that do not respect the regulation on gender equality.
For International Women’s Day, Macron has visited a property firm awarded for its efforts towards gender equality.
He mentioned that pointing the finger at firms that do not adjust to the regulation “will make them change, as a result of nobody desires to be the worst scholar within the class.”
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe unveiled Wednesday a authorities plan to push for gender equality within the office.
One measure would sanction firms with greater than 50 staff, if there may be an “unjustified” gender wage hole, with a considerable monetary penalty.
Statistics present on the similar age and equal job, there’s a 9 p.c hole between the wages of women and men in France
Asia Argento, an Italian actress who helped launch the #MeToo motion, is launching a brand new motion, #WeToo, which goals to unite ladies towards the facility imbalance in favor of males.
Argento informed Radio 24 on Thursday that her purpose was “to lastly change the patriarchal system so rooted in our tradition, not simply in Italy.” She known as on ladies to be part of her at a ladies’s march in Rome later within the day, and take part in a strike to illustrate the contributions of girls at dwelling and within the office.
Argento helped give energy to different ladies to report sexual assault and harassment when she accused Harvey Weinstein of rape in an expose by The New Yorker. The accusations drew a backlash in Italy for having waited 20 years to come ahead.
Hundreds of girls have marched in Pakistan’s capital and elsewhere on International Women’s Day, demanding extra rights and denouncing harassment, which is frequent at properties and in work locations.
Chanting slogans, they rallied within the capital Islamabad, Pakistan’s largest metropolis Karachi, and within the cultural capital of Lahore.
At Thursday’s rallies, ladies denounced violence towards them in Pakistan, the place almost 1,000 ladies are killed by shut kinfolk annually in so-called honor killings.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi earlier addressed a gathering of girls and warranted them full safety.
Women in Pakistan have an inexpensive presence within the parliament however they’ve to depend on fellow male lawmakers to amend discriminatory or flawed legal guidelines.
Pakistani ladies have largely been disadvantaged of their rights because the nation gained independence in 1947.
Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle have met feminine college students finding out science, know-how, engineering and math as a part of celebrations marking International Women’s Day.
Some 90 college students met the royal couple on Thursday at Millennium Point in Birmingham as a part of an occasion to encourage younger folks to participate in science and tech careers.
Markle appeared impressed by the aspirations of the scholars, a lot of whom wished to be docs or surgeons.
Harry and Markle are touring the nation to introduce the American actress to the folks of Britain earlier than their marriage at Windsor Castle on May 19.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africans should work collectively to enhance the standing of girls who face discrimination and drawbacks “at dwelling and within the office.”
Ramaphosa, who took workplace final month, mentioned Thursday that his compatriots ought to use International Women’s Day to determine what they will do to advance gender equality.
Ramaphosa says South Africa has made progress towards equality because the finish of apartheid in 1994 in constructing an equal society. He mentioned “patriarchy has no place within the South Africa we’re constructing in the present day.”
South Africa has a excessive fee of violent crime, together with rape.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says on International Women’s Day that whereas a lot has been achieved, the battle for extra equality for girls in Germany and worldwide should proceed.
Merkel, thought of one of many world’s strongest ladies, mentioned Thursday in a video message that “many ladies earlier than us have made sacrifices and fought persistently so that ladies would have extra rights … however there’s nonetheless so much to do.”
The chancellor mentioned that, “there are additionally new duties for males” — however she did not elaborate additional.
Merkel added, “Therefore in the present day shouldn’t be solely a day to look again at what has been achieved, but in addition a day on which we are saying — the battle for equal rights of girls continues.”
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is urging males to cease bodily abusing their wives, in official remarks Thursday whereas marking International Women’s Day.
Domestic violence is frequent throughout in Uganda, though victims hardly ever report perpetrators to the police for worry of being stigmatized or thrown out of their properties.
“If you need to struggle, why do not you search for a fellow man and struggle?” Museveni mentioned, calling home abusers cowards.
Museveni mentioned lifting ladies up economically, by training and entrepreneurship, might help convey an finish to rampant home violence.
He mentioned: “If the women will not be economically empowered, they may stay susceptible to these bully males.”
A number one French newspaper has discovered a novel method to mark International Women’s Day — by upping its value for males, to mimic the pay hole.
The all-red entrance web page of Thursday’s version of the left-leaning day by day Liberation wrote in daring letters “For Women 2 euros, regular value.”
The paper added that for someday solely, males would pay 50 cents extra, a mirrored image of the 25 p.c much less that ladies in France are paid than males, on common.
Liberation mentioned it desires to “spotlight this injustice” with its value enhance for males.
“A punishment? No. A contribution!” the paper wrote on the entrance web page, saying the additional cash recovered from males on Thursday would go to the Laboratory of Equality, which has lengthy fought for gender equality.
U.S. nationwide soccer workforce striker Alex Morgan and Brazil ahead Marta are among the many gamers chosen for the FIFPro Women’s World XI. The workforce was introduced Thursday to coincide with International Women’s Day.
Goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl of Sweden is joined by defenders Nilla Fischer of Sweden, Lucy Bronze of England, Irene Paredes of Spain and Wendie Renard of France. Midfielder Dzsenifer Maroszan of Germany, Camille Abily of France, Pernille Harder of Denmark and Lieke Martens of the Netherlands spherical out the 11.
Morgan says having a Women’s World XI workforce “helps feminine footballers acknowledge the expertise amongst their friends and I am actually completely satisfied to encourage and be part of that.”
Opposition presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak has performed a solo picket outdoors the decrease home of the Russian parliament to demand the resignation of a distinguished lawmaker whom a number of feminine journalists accuse of sexual harassment.
The allegations towards Leonid Slutsky, head of the Duma’s international affairs committee, embrace sexual groping and making demeaning feedback. Parliament speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has dismissed the complaints, saying that journalists who really feel unsafe protecting the Duma ought to get different jobs.
Sobchak held her demonstration on Thursday, International Women’s Day, which is noticed as a public vacation in Russia. She held a placard studying “Deputies — we do not need you.”
President Vladimir Putin, with approval rankings of some 80 p.c, is in search of a fourth time period within the March 18 election.
Spanish ladies are marking International Women’s Day with the first-ever full day strike and dozens of protests throughout the nation towards the wage hole and gender violence.
Under the slogan “If we cease, the world stops,” ladies working each in and outdoors their properties, unpaid caretakers and college students are known as to be part of the 24-hour strike by the March eight Commission, a platform of feminist organizations that additionally calls for equal alternatives for working ladies.
CCOO and UGT, two of the primary employees’ unions in Spain have known as for morning and afternoon 2-hour work stoppages. In Madrid, an enormous demonstration was anticipated later within the night.
In Barcelona, protesters who disrupted site visitors into town middle have been seen in social media movies being pushed by anti-riot police brokers.
During Taliban rule many would have been afraid to go away their properties, however lots of of girls gathered within the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday to commemorate International Women’s Day — and to remind their leaders that loads of work stays to be finished to give Afghan lady a voice, guarantee their training and shield them from rising violence.
The head of the Independent Human Rights Commission, Sima Samar, directed some feedback at ladies in Afghanistan’s safety forces.
“Your security represents the protection of all Afghan ladies,” she mentioned, reminding ladies in uniform to report any abuse by superiors to the rights fee. She mentioned nobody has the suitable to touch upon their bodily look or to communicate to them disrespectfully.
This merchandise has been corrected to present that the ladies gathered in Kabul however didn’t march.
Hundreds of girls have held avenue performs and marched within the Indian capital to spotlight home violence, sexual assaults and discrimination in jobs and wages on International Women’s Day.
They carried placards studying, “Unite towards violence towards Women,” ”Man sufficient to say no to home abuse,” and “My physique, My alternative.”
Violent crime towards ladies has been on the rise in India regardless of robust legal guidelines enacted by the federal government.
Office employees, faculty lecturers and intercourse employees have been amongst these taking part within the 2-kilometer (1.25 mile) march, which ended close to Parliament.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “India is shifting from ladies growth to women-led growth. Through their exemplary deeds, a number of ladies have left an indelible mark within the historical past of humankind.”
Hundreds of South Koreans are staging a protest in assist of the #MeToo motion on International Women’s Day.
Protesters, many sporting black and holding black indicators studying #MeToo, gathered in central Seoul. They known as for bringing alleged sexual offenders to justice, in addition to motion on different points similar to closing a gender pay hole.
Since a feminine prosecutor’s revelation in January of office mistreatment and sexual misconduct, South Korea’s #MeToo motion has gained main traction. The listing of girls who communicate out is rising day by day.
Several high-profile males have resigned from positions of energy, together with a governor who was a number one presidential contender earlier than he was accused of repeatedly raping his secretary.
Myanmar chief Aung San Suu Kyi says peaceable democracies make good use of girls’s energy in political, financial and social fields.
In a speech marking International Women’s Day, she mentioned, “A rustic’s human rights values might be enhanced when ladies are granted their rights.”
Thursday was the third yr the annual occasion was celebrated beneath a civilian authorities in Myanmar, the place the navy that lengthy dominated the nation continues to be highly effective.
Suu Kyi leads the political get together that received by a landslide in 2015 elections however the structure bars her from turning into the president.
Though Myanmar has a lady main its civilian authorities, a profound gender hole stays within the nation of 52 million folks.
Students at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University are celebrating International Women’s Day with banners making mild of a proposed constitutional modification to scrap time period limits for the nation’s president.
One banner joked that a boyfriend’s time period must also don’t have any limits, whereas one other mentioned, “A rustic can not exist with no structure, as we can not exist with out you!”
Photos of the banners have been shared on Chinese social media Wednesday evening earlier than they have been scrubbed by censors. Several on-line commenters additionally mentioned the posters appeared to have been swiftly eliminated.
China’s ceremonial legislature is poised to move a constitutional modification that can permit President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely throughout its ongoing annual session.
Despite heavy censorship, the transfer has been criticized by liberal intellectuals as a return to dictatorship and satirized on-line.
Marches and demonstrations in Asia are kicking off rallies around the globe to mark International Women’s Day.
Hundreds of girls activists in pink and purple shirts protested Thursday within the Philippines towards President Rodrigo Duterte, who they mentioned is among the many worst violators of girls’s rights in Asia.
Protest leaders sang and danced in a boisterous rally in downtown Manila’s Plaza Miranda. They handed purple and white roses to moms, sisters and widows of a number of drug suspects slain beneath Duterte’s lethal crackdown on unlawful medicine.
A rally for the rights of feminine employees was scheduled for later Thursday in central Seoul in South Korea, the place a quickly spreading #Metoo motion is galvanizing assist for girls’s points.
Other occasions are deliberate throughout Asia, the Mideast, Europe and the Americas.