On International Women’s Day, March 8, multiple European politicians spoke out in favor of gender equality.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany has urged for women to have equal rights “in all spheres of life, whether at business, in the family, or in politics,” according to the Xinhua news agency.
Meanwhile, Italy’s first-ever female Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said that it was the country’s “duty to knock down the hurdles that do not allow all women to be able to express their priceless potential to the full”.
Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain, underlined that his government promotes “laws in favor of true and effective equality between men and women”.
On Tuesday, Spain enacted a parity bill requiring women and men to make up at least 40% of major company boards of directors, as well as the government’s cabinet.
Many of France’s most well-known female idols were honored on social media in France.
President Emmanuel Macron used the occasion to pay tribute to writer and campaigner Gisele Halimi, who died at the age of 93 over two years ago.
“Our republic is freer, livelier, and fairer thanks to you,” he wrote.
Nonetheless, in several nations, the day was marked by protests.
Protests in Rome highlighted the country’s escalating number of femicides, with protestors calling on police to do more to safeguard women.
Protesters in Germany urged the government to do more to advocate for women’s rights in developing countries.
Similarly, protests in Spain centered on topics ranging from consent to education and transgender rights.