Internationally: Switzerland Women Demand Equal pay.

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Thousands of women took part in protests across Switzerland on Monday, demanding greater equality between the sexes. The protest was not the first of its kind. In June 2019, between 500,000 and one million women took to the streets to call for greater equality.The pandemic has shown that women are on the frontline but are working for wages that are often too low, with insufficient staffing levels and in a context of widespread precariousness. The wage gap between men and women has increased.Added to that, on 9 June, the National Council agreed by a large majority to raise the retirement age for women to 65. Trade Union leaders stated it was unacceptable to make women pay for the reform of the pension system, when it could be corrected by putting an end to wage inequality. Further to this is the structural problem of sexist and sexual violence against women.The women came out on in their numbers and protested that men and women have the right to equal pay for work of equal value; a right that has been enshrined in the Swiss Constitution since 1981, and yet:• Women earn 19% less than men in Switzerland.• On reaching retirement age, women receive a third less in pensions than men.• 70% of working mothers would choose to increase their economic activity rate if childcare solutions were available at lower prices than today.