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International Women's Day Alert

Updated on 5 March 2020

The Situation:

International Women’s Day (IWD) will be celebrated worldwide on Sunday, 8 March, as people unite to champion the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality.

While previous year’s demonstrations were largely peaceful, some organizations may take advantage of this opportunity by staging parallel protests and strikes that can affect many areas of travel.

Public transport strikes and strikes to airlines/flights are a possibility along with heightened security presence in the vicinity of any demonstration.

Additionally, demonstrations are likely from 6 to 9 March, expect travel disruptions in major city center’s during this time.

Possible Effects:

  • Large crowds, which may attract unwanted attention

  • Blocked roads due to protests/marches or parallel strikes

  • Increased traffic, especially near city centers and government buildings and demonstration sites

  • Increased security near demonstration sites

  • Lack of transportation options and disruptions to public transportation

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy

Additional Resources:

International Women’s Day homepage and events

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS™ gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS™ (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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