Switzerland: ‘Real equality is far from being realised’

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The women’s strike on 14 June 2019 will long remain in the history of the women’s and workers’ movement in Switzerland. More than half a million people joined the demonstrations throughout the country. Some 70,000 marched in Zurich, 40,000 in Bern and Basel, 50,000 in Lausanne and more than 20,000 in Geneva. The demonstrations were no less impressive in smaller cities like Sion, Neuchatel and Fribourg, where 12,000 took to the streets. All answered the call issued by the “Women’s Strike Collective”.

Letter from Switzerland

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A referendum has led to a constitutional ban on the construction of minarets on mosques. Charles-André Udry reports on the scapegoating of Muslims in the country.

Swiss citizens voted by 57.5 percent in a recent referendum for the introduction of an article into the constitution ruling, "The construction of minarets is forbidden." Participation in the poll, held across the country on 29 November 2009, was very high by Swiss standards, at 53.4 percent. There are currently only four minarets in Switzerland, in Geneva, Basel and Winterthur. The populations of all three of these cities voted against the ban.

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