Women take part in a nation-wide women's strike for wage parity on June 14, 2019 in Swiss capital Bern. Nearly 30 years after staging a first strike, women across Switzerland stage mass demonstrations for for equal pay. / AFP / STEFAN WERMUTH
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Women across Switzerland walked off the job, burned bras and blocked traffic Friday in a day of demonstrations to demand fairer pay, more equality and an end to sexual harassment and violence. It was the first such protests in the Alpine nation in 28 years. Demonstrators in Geneva's Parc Bertrand hoisted a banner showing that only 8 percent of jobs in engineering were held by women in Switzerland, in contrast to 91 percent of the country's domestic help jobs.TheThe Swiss statistics office also says of the 249 homicides recorded in the country between 2009 and 2018, 75 percent of the victims were women and girls.A Swiss region, Appenzell Innerrhoden, did not allow all Swiss women to vote in local elections until it was ordered by a court to do so in 1990 .
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