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International Women's Day

This International Women's Day, women around the globe will go on strike to protest labor inequality, fight for an end to dehumanization and discrimination against women, demand harsh penalties for femicide cases, promote state guarantees of economic rights and show the world what a day without women looks like. 

The worldwide strike joins the tide of women-led movements across the planet that continue to resist patriarchal and gendered oppression on a daily basis by leading battles against sexual and state violence, calling for reproductive rights and fighting for a world that respects the environment.

This International Women’s Day, teleSUR takes an in-depth look at women's struggles for social justice on the front lines of resistance across the Americas and beyond.

If You Watch One Thing

 

Reproductive Rights

 

El Salvador Mulls New Abortion Bill

El Salvador, home to one of the harshest abortion bans in the world, could be on the brink of a historic moment for women’s rights. Abortion was outlawed in El Salvador in 1998 — even if a woman’s life is in danger, the fetus is deformed or the pregnancy is the result of rape. The crime carries a prison sentence of up to eight years, but it is often treated as homicide, slapping women with sentences of up to four decades in jail. READ MORE

Peru Clinics to Provide Free Morning-After Contraception Pill

In an important step for reproductive rights, Peru has, for the first time, given the greenlight for medical personnel to offer free emergency contraception, known as the “morning-after pill,” through the country’s health centers. READ MORE

Women Demand Safe Access to Abortions Around the Globe

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 47,000 women die every year due to complications in the 22 million unsafe abortions around the world. Pro-choice advocates have long argued that outlawing abortion won’t stop women from seeking the procedure, but it will push them to dangerous last resorts. READ MORE

Women Against Trump

 

Fighting the US War Machine Part of Feminist Battle Under Trump

Although anti-war activism can be a powerful show of solidarity between women, it won't be topping the U.S. movement's agenda this International Women's Day. READ MORE

The Trailblazing Latinx Women Fighting Trump-Era Fascism

While Trump may have attacked — and enlivened others to attack — the identities of Latinx women, whether trans, undocumented, queer or otherwise, he, his administration and his supporters must know: they’re not going out without a fight. READ MORE

Women's Marches from Around the Globe

A day after U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn into the White House, millions of women across the world filled the streets to fight back against threats to women’s rights and other marginalized groups under the new Trump administration and his belligerent, aggressive and bigoted rhetoric. SEE PHOTOS

Trump Global Gag Rule on Abortion 'Will Cost Women Their Lives'

U.S. President Donald Trump made one of his first executive orders a clampdown on women’s rights as he reinstated a global gag rule that bans U.S.-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion, a move that was harshly criticized by women's rights advocates. READ MORE

Forefront of Environmental Activism

 

Celebrating the Power of Environmental Feminists

From Flint to the South Bronx, to the Indigenous women of Latin America — around the world, women and femmes of color are fighting for their land, people, and selves. READ MORE

Women Are 'Backbone' of Native Actions Against Dakota Pipeline

Several Native American women spoke with teleSUR about their role in the protests against the oil project in North Dakota. READ MORE

Crisis of Femicide

 

Justice Still Slow Despite Femicide Laws in Latin America

Latin America is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman, with seven out of 10 countries with the highest femicide rates coming from the region. READ MORE

Latin American Women’s Problem: We Keep Getting Murdered

Femicide is the murder of women because of their sexuality, reproductive features, and social status or success. READ MORE

Interview: Patriarchy, Capitalism, and Impunity Fuel Femicide in Honduras

teleSUR English spoke to activist Maria Luisa Regalado of the Honduran women's collective CODEMUH about gender violence and women's resistance. READ MORE

Resistance

 

After Historic Women's March, Can IWD Strikes Radicalize Resistance in the US?

This International Women’s Day, it's the coalition between diverse groups that points to the potential for a historic strike by women of all backgrounds. READ MORE

Ecuador Women Blaze Trail in Scoring Labor Rights for Domestic Workers

On International Women's Day, a small women workers' association in Ecuador could inspire other domestic workers to organize for their rights. READ MORE

5 Women Rights Defenders Fighting for Justice in Latin America

In Latin America, women are on the front lines of key struggles to protect natural resources, land and human rights, and they are also vulnerable to violence and attacks. Here are five women championing important struggles in Latin America despite often facing grave risks. READ MORE

Black Women's Resistance to the Legacy of the Arab Slave Trade

Black women in Egypt and throughout northern Africa have been resisting the deeply entrenched anti-Black racism in Arab and African societies. READ MORE

 
  • People march through downtown Seattle during a protest held in response to President Donald Trump

    People march through downtown Seattle during a protest held in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, in Seattle, Washington, Jan. 29, 2017. | Photo Reuters

  • A woman carries a sign during a demonstration to demand policies to prevent gender violence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 19, 2016.

    A woman carries a sign during a demonstration to demand policies to prevent gender violence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 19, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • In 2008, more than 33,000 women were hospitalized due to abortion complications according to the Chilean Ministry of Health.

    In 2008, more than 33,000 women were hospitalized due to abortion complications according to the Chilean Ministry of Health. | Photo EFE

  • Women and girls at altar for Indigenous girl victim of femicide.

    Women and girls at altar for Indigenous girl victim of femicide.

  • An art installation on Rio de Janeiro

    An art installation on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach calls attention to femicide and the culture of gender violence in Brazil. | Photo Reuters

  • Women march against femicide in Argentina.

    Women march against femicide in Argentina. | Photo AFP

  • U.N. Women reports that 14 of the 25 countries with the worst femicide rates are in Latin America.

    U.N. Women reports that 14 of the 25 countries with the worst femicide rates are in Latin America. | Photo EFE

  • Women remember victims of gender violence in Guatemala.

    Women remember victims of gender violence in Guatemala. | Photo AFP

  • A historic femicide verdict last year in Mexico

    A historic femicide verdict last year in Mexico's northwestern state of Chihuahua saw five men sentenced to a landmark 697 years in jail for the murder of 11 women. | Photo teleSUR / Clayton Conn

  • Guatemalan women march to commemorate victims of femicide at the annual event for ending violence against women in 2010.

    Guatemalan women march to commemorate victims of femicide at the annual event for ending violence against women in 2010. | Photo EFE

  • Guatemalan women march to commemorate victims of femicide at the annual event for ending violence against women in 2010.

    Guatemalan women march to commemorate victims of femicide at the annual event for ending violence against women in 2010. | Photo EFE

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