by Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News
Women all over the world are celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. Many (both female and male) are participating in a nationwide, grassroots effort being called ‘A Day Without a Woman.’
The aim: to show the economic impact women can have on society, by refraining from paid and unpaid labor, by only spending money with small businesses owned by women and minorities — and by wearing red in solidarity.
The organizers are the same group behind the Women’s March in Washington.
Today in Washington DC, women and their supporters staged a demonstration near the White House, calling attention to the gender pay gap in which women trail men, and defending reproductive rights.
President Donald Trump posted two tweets today, marking International Women’s Day, urging people to join him in honoring the critical role of women both in America and around the world.
In San Francisco, multiple events are happening today in support of the international women’s protest.
Women and their advocates stood in front of San Francisco city hall to demand equality from not only the local government, but from the Trump administration.
Demonstrations will continue throughout the Bay Area in San Jose, Oakland, and Berkeley.
Later in the afternoon, a protest march is scheduled to bring people to the San Francisco headquarters of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE.
According to organizers I spoke to here, the women’s march is to signify that immigrant women are also not safe from what they call the unjust raids by ICE agents across the country.