Thorens

15 Jun 19
Nachrichten Welt

GENF – Schweizerinnen haben sich am Freitag zu Tausenden für einen landesweiten Streik und Demonstrationen gemeldet, die ihre Enttäuschung über tief verwurzelte Ungleichheiten in einem der reichsten Länder der Welt signalisieren. Die Frauen ließen die Arbeit aus und mieden die Haushaltspflichten für diesen Tag, um sich Protesten anzuschließen, die gleiches Entgelt, Anerkennung ihrer Arbeit und […]

14 Jun 19
Archy news nety

LONDON – Swiss women came out on Friday with thousands for a national strike and demonstrations that signal their frustration about deep-rooted inequalities in one of the richest countries in the world. The women skipped work and avoided household responsibilities for the day to participate in protests calling for equal pay, recognition of their work […]

14 Jun 19
Newsy Today

LONDON – Swiss women attended thousands of Fridays for strike and demonstrations across the country showing their frustrations at deep inequalities rooted in one of the richest countries in the world. The women departed from their work and exceeded family responsibilities for the day to take part in protests for equal pay, recognition of their […]

14 Jun 19
Lowmiller Consulting Group Blog

LONDON — Swiss women turned out by the thousands on Friday for a nationwide strike and demonstrations signaling their frustration over deep-rooted inequalities in one of the richest countries in the world. The women skipped work and shunned household responsibilities for the day to join in protests calling for equal pay, recognition of their work […]

14 Jun 19
The Travelling Teenager

There are A LOT of choices for skiing in The Alps, and some resorts are A LOT better than others. I’ve compiled a list of the best ski resorts in the area, from amazing views, to adrenaline-pumping snow parks! 1.Portes du Soleil, France/Switzerland The Portes du Soleil has 13 resorts-a huge variety of choices. I’ve […]

14 Jun 19
May's Blog

ZURICH/GENEVA (Reuters) – 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. Despite its high quality of life, Switzerland lags other developed economies in female pay and workplace gender equality. Using the […]

14 Jun 19
Jose's Blog

ZURICH/GENEVA (Reuters) – 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. Despite its high quality of life, Switzerland lags other developed economies in female pay and workplace gender equality. Using the […]

14 Jun 19
Alayna's Blog

ZURICH/GENEVA (Reuters) – 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. Despite its high quality of life, Switzerland lags other developed economies in female pay and workplace gender equality. Using the […]

14 Jun 19
Lessie's Blog

ZURICH/GENEVA (Reuters) – 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. Despite its high quality of life, Switzerland lags other developed economies in female pay and workplace gender equality. Using the […]

13 Jun 19
Traveldrop.org

There are more ski resorts in the Alps than you could shake a stick at. It would probably take a lifetime to visit them all. If you’re a regular visitor to the Alps and you love to ski, then you’ll probably already have your favourite resort and perhaps you’ll return there year after year. Nothing […]

12 Jun 19
MagaOneNews
Thorens, politician in the Green party poses in the National Council poses ahead of the women's strike in Bern
Adele Thorens, a politician in the Green party, poses in the National Council ahead of the women’s strike (June 14) in Bern, Switzerland May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

June 12, 2019

By Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi and Denis Balibouse

ZURICH/GENEVA (Reuters) – 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.

Despite its high quality of life, Switzerland lags other developed economies in female pay and workplace gender equality.

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.

That law banned workplace discrimination and sexual harassment and protected women from bias or dismissal over pregnancy, marital status, or gender.

But more than 20 years later, women argue they face earning less than men, routine questioning of their competence, and condescension and paternalism on the job.

“I think the time has come to finally take measures so that women can take their rightful place in the decision-making spheres and defend their interests at all levels of society,” said Adele Thorens, a 48-year-old politician for the Green Party in Lausanne.

“There is a real ‘glass ceiling’, the way of treating women is different than the way they treat men,” Lynn Bertholet, a 60-year-old private bank manager from Geneva, who is transgender, told Reuters. “I realize that because most of my existence has been as a man.”

Organizers 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 more equitable family policy.

In schools in Zurich, teachers and caregivers will strike for better pay in female-dominated roles and for better work-family balance, asking fathers to pick children up early and leaving other children in the care of male peers.

Swiss women earn roughly 20% less than men. While that is down from about a third in 1991, the discrimination gap — meaning differences that cannot be explained by rank or role — has actually worsened since 2000, Federal Statistics Office data show.

“We’re striking because women earn less for the same work, are passed over for promotions, are hardly represented at the executive level and because typically female jobs are poorly paid,” co-organizers the Women*strike Collective Zurich wrote in a manifesto.

The collective said its temporary office has been flooded with visitors and hundreds of people, including men, have sent emails expressing solidarity and asking about how they can participate.

Professional snowboarder Anne-Flore Marxer, 35, said she had seen first-hand how discrimination persists in sport as well.

“In free ride competitions …the first male skier gets $8,000 while the first woman snowboarder gets $4,000 for the same competition, the same day, on the same mountain,” Marxer told Reuters.

On June 14, 1991, women blocked trams during a sit-in in the heart of Zurich’s financial district and gathered outside schools, hospitals and across cities with purple balloons and banners to demand equal pay for equal work.

That came a decade after basic gender equality was enshrined in the Swiss constitution and less than three months after women for the first time were allowed to participate in a regional vote in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden.

“I think that on June 14, 1991, women invented a new form of expression,” Social Democrat Ruth Dreifuss, who that year became Switzerland’s first female president, told the daily Tribune de Geneve. “Everything converged into a single message: we want to come out of the shadow and have our work finally be recognized.”

(Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi and Denis Balibouse; additional reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Jason Neely)

Source: OANN

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The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

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