The activists from the Women’s Network of Croatia, women’s syndicate group Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Croatia, Independent Trade Unions of Croatia, the Croatian Association of Workers’ Unions and Parents in Action are organizing a protest action on the occasion of Women’s Day on Wednesday, 8 March 2017, named Women against Misery.
With the action they are warning of the difficult socio-economic conditions women of all age are living in, in Croatia.
-where 96% of newly-employed women get fixed term contracts
-where women are exposed to sexual abuse, harassment and blackmail at the workplace
-where an increased number of retired women live below the poverty line
-where women receive lower salaries for equal work
-where an insufficient number of nurseries and kindergartens are provided
-where the state transfers the duty of caring for the most vulnerable groups to women
-where women are deprived of reproductive rights, sexual rights, and rights to free health care
-where women aren’t protected from violence
-where women are exposed to systematic discrimination.
They are looking for social justice. They will not allow a further collapse of human rights. They are demanding that the Government of the Republic of Croatia ceases to violate the constitutional provisions, laws and international documents that it is obliged to implement.
The action starts with a gathering at the Labor Temple at 9am, where a bus with banners will head towards the Ministry of Science and Education, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy and the Ministry of Labor and Pension System. In front of each of the ministries there will be a short speech held and requests will be submitted.
After visiting the ministries, there will be a gathering at the Ban Josip Jelačić Square at noon. Everyone is invited to join in order to warn about the increasing female poverty and the responsibility of the Government of Croatia.
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