Updated on 5 March 2020
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.
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
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