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International Women’s Day Alert

International Women’s Day (IWD) will be celebrated worldwide on Monday, March 8, as people unite to champion the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality. With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many gatherings are expected to take place virtually while physical demonstrations are completely banned in some places, such as Spain.

Previous years’ demonstrations remained largely peaceful, but some organizations may take advantage of this opportunity by staging parallel protests and strikes that can affect many areas of travel.

Additionally, demonstrations are likely from 7 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 large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent and may also serve as a catalyst for COVID-19 spread

• Practice social distancing or wear a mask when it can be maintained

• Allow extra time to travel to/from the airport, supplier, and accommodations

• Monitor local and social media for updates

• Avoid travel after dark, when civil unrest tends to escalate

• Prepare for disruptions caused by protests

• 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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