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Frauenstreik 2019

On June 14th 2019, Swiss women held a nationwide strike to address the pay gap and discriminations in the workplace and to denounce the sexism, violence and abuses women are still routinely subjected to in everyday's life. These pictures are from the cities of Mendrisio, Lugano and Bellinzona (the region's capital where the principal march was held).

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Two kids exchange a look during the event "Le donne che leggono sono pericolose" at Piazzale della Filanda in Mendrisio (Frauenstreik Fotografin Sabine Cattaneo/freshfocus)

A free lunch for women is organised in front of the city hall in Lugano.

Some demonstrators march with purple smoke bombs in their hands in Piazza della Riforma, Lugano.

"The girls will change the world", starting from Piazza della Riforma in Lugano (Frauenstreik Fotografin Sabine Cattaneo/freshfocus)

The women's collective "Io l'8 ogni giorno" takes the floor in Piazza della Riforma, Lugano (Frauenstreik Fotografin Sabine Cattaneo/freshfocus)

Two women share a moment while listening to a speech in Piazza della Riforma, Lugano.

A woman is seen holding a purple balloon in support of the 2019 Women's Strike.

A demonstrator is tying a headband in the colours of the Women's Strike.

The women's collective "Io l'8 ogni giorno" takes the floor in Piazza della Riforma, Lugano.

A girl is seen whistling and waving a pink bandana in support of the 2019 Women's Strike.

Women bearing a banner come out from the narrow streets of Bellinzona.

The women who came to Bellinzona via train to join the main march are seen on the station's platform.

The participants are seen descending into Bellinzona station's underpass (Frauenstreik Fotografin Sabine Cattaneo/freshfocus)

Marina Carobbio, President of the National Council of Switzerland, takes a selfie under the rain with two other women during the 2019 Women's Strike march in Bellinzona (Frauenstreik Fotografin Sabine Cattaneo/freshfocus)

Two girls dance during the 2019 Women's Strike in Piazza Governo, Bellinzona (Frauenstreik Fotografin Sabine Cattaneo/freshfocus)

The hill overlooking Piazza del Sole in Bellinzona, with Castelgrande on top, is seen from the perspective of the participants in the 2019 Women's Strike march.

The participants at the 2019 Women's Strike march walk through the streets of Bellinzona (Frauenstreik Fotografin Sabine Cattaneo/freshfocus)

A group of high school students in Lugano is showing a banner demanding sexual education in schools.

A busy moment at the 2019 Women's Strike village in Bellinzona.

A young woman during the 2019 Women's Strike march (Frauenstreik Fotografin Sabine Cattaneo/freshfocus)

A man in a suit holds a sign supporting the 2019 Women's Strike.

A young girl standing on her father's shoulders (probably) is seen throwing her hands in the air at the 2019 Women's Strike in Bellinzona.

A group of women takes cover under a banner during a short downpour at the 2019 Women's Strike march.

A woman wears a purple bandana on her face.

The participants at the 2019 Women's Strike make themselves heard in Piazza Governo, Bellinzona (Frauenstreik Fotografin Sabine Cattaneo/freshfocus)

Piazza del Sole in Bellinzona begins to fill up before the start of the 2019 Women's Strike march (Frauenstreik Fotografin Sabine Cattaneo/freshfocus)

A slew of signs and purple flags is held up by the participants at the 2019 Women's Strike in Piazza Governo, Bellinzona

A woman taking part in the 2019 Women's Strike is seen applying a sticker to her arm.

A note posted on the glass door of a shop indicates an earlier closing time for the 2019 Women's Strike.

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