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Pay, time, respect: nearly three decades on, Swiss women strike again

Updated : 2019-06-13 14:21:20

Women from across Swiss society plan to take to the streets this Friday for a nationwide strike aimed at highlighting the country's poor record on defending the rights of women and families.

Lynn Bertholet, a transgender activist and manager in a private bank, poses ahead of the women's strike in Geneva. Women from across Swiss society plan to take to the streets this Friday for a nationwide strike aimed at highlighting the country's poor record on defending the rights of women and families. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files
Lynn Bertholet, a transgender activist and manager in a private bank, poses ahead of the women's strike in Geneva. Women from across Swiss society plan to take to the streets this Friday for a nationwide strike aimed at highlighting the country's poor record on defending the rights of women and families. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files
Celine Renaud, CEO and co-founder of loudspeaker manufacturer JMC Lutherie poses ahead of the women's strike. Despite its high quality of life, Switzerland lags other developed economies in female pay and workplace gender equality. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Celine Renaud, CEO and co-founder of loudspeaker manufacturer JMC Lutherie poses ahead of the women's strike. Despite its high quality of life, Switzerland lags other developed economies in female pay and workplace gender equality. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Viviane Boson, deaf and teacher of sign language, poses ahead of the women's strike. Using the slogan
Viviane Boson, deaf and teacher of sign language, poses ahead of the women's strike. Using the slogan "Pay, time, respect!" Friday's event echoes a strike held in 1991, five years before Switzerland Gender Equality Act came into force. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Yana Valenca, a victim of domestic abuse, poses ahead of the women's strike. Women argue they face earning less than men, routine questioning of their competence, and condescension and paternalism on the job. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files
Yana Valenca, a victim of domestic abuse, poses ahead of the women's strike. Women argue they face earning less than men, routine questioning of their competence, and condescension and paternalism on the job. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files
Organisers say the strike is aimed at highlighting wages, recognition of care work, violence against women, the need for greater representation in positions of power and for a more equitable family policy. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Organisers say the strike is aimed at highlighting wages, recognition of care work, violence against women, the need for greater representation in positions of power and for a more equitable family policy. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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