“If it’s a woman’s will, everything will stand still” was the slogan of the nationwide women’s strike 25 years ago that brought around half a million women out onto the streets.
- Deutsch Der 14. Juni 1991 war ein besonderer Tag
- Español El 14 de junio de 1991, clave en la historia suiza
- Português 14 de junho foi um dia especial
- 中文 1991年6月14日曾是一个特别的日子
- Français Le 14 juin 1991: un jour qui est entré dans l’histoire
- عربي 14 يونيو 1991.. يـوم ٌسيذكره التاريخ
- Pусский День, когда в Швейцарии бунтовали женщины
- 日本語 スイス全国女性ストライキから２５年
- Italiano 14 giugno 1991, un giorno entrato nella storia
They were calling for more action, ten years after equality between men and women had been enshrined in the constitution.
The women were workers, graduates, civil servants, mothers and housewives from all over the country and from all language regions. The issues: the slow implementation of the equality article in the constitution and the need for an equality law. The strike was loud, colourful and full of imagination and took place in the same year that Switzerland celebrated the 700th anniversary of its founding. It is considered a key moment in Swiss history.
The equality law came into force in 1996, following an acrimonious debate in parliament. But women still earn on average 15% less than men. So they still protest and demand their rights every June 14, even if the numbers are not as high as in 1991.
On Tuesday, women will once again protest against the status quo. In several Swiss cities they are organising “events and extended lunches”.
“We’re hitting the streets with a clear message: salary controls – now more than ever!” said Regula Bühlmann, secretary of the Swiss Trade Union Federation.
(Photos: Keystone, Text: Gaby Ochsenbein, swissinfo.ch)