Women throughout the world last Saturday (March 10) celebrated 'International Working Womens' Day'.
GV Turkish women gather outside Governor's office and collect signatures for petition (2 shots)
SV Soldiers with guns
SV Two women enter building with petition
SV Women holding empty saucepan and women with small child
SV Women speaks to 26 crowd SV PAN of women listening and SV woman speaking and PAN TO crowd listening
GV Woman on steps of Governor's office
GV Women applaud
GV'S Women leaving the demonstration with soldiers standing around (3 shots)
GV Women leaving and soldiers move through the crowd talking to the women
GV Women in Naples march towards holding banner
SV PULL BACK TO GV Rear view shot of women marching in street (2 shots)
SV & GV Women marching, clapping and singing (2 shots)
SV Women marchers singing PAN UP TO banner
CU Sign written in Dutch publicising the International day on 8th March
GV Woman police officer by car PAN to marchers walking along road (2 shots)
CU Signs PULL BACK TO GV PAN of marchers
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Background: Women throughout the world last Saturday (March 10) celebrated 'International Working Womens' Day'. March 10 was dedicated to working women by the International Labour Movement in 1911. Over the last seven years, with a rise in consciousness of women's contribution to the economy, more and more countries have seen annual demonstrations and marches marking the day.
SYNOPSIS: In Istanbul, Turkish women staged a demonstration against the country's high cost of living. They gathered outside the Governor's office and collected signatures for a petition demanding a reduction in the prices of staple foods and commodities.
For the first time in the Turkish Republic's fifty-seven year history, inflation has passed the hundred mark and is currently running at 105 percent. At the start of this year, Turkey owed 18 billion dollars in foreign debts. Its foreign trade deficit last year was nearly three billion dollars and shows no sign of improvement in the near future.
Since the treasury is nearly empty more debts seem inevitable, if only to pay for vital oil imports to hear homes and provide fuel for industry. Last January, Suleyman Demirel's government announced a package of controversial economic measures in an attempt to ease the country out of financial crisis. The measures included a 33 percent devaluation of the Turkish lira, price rises of up to 400 percent for basic consumer goods, and incentives to private investment. The demonstration by Turkish women reflected a general frustration over the country's economic crisis, the shortages and high prices.
On the same day women in Naples held a march protesting against the Italian inflation rate of 21 percent. The growing difficulties facing the Italian economy are again largely due to the sharp rise in the cost of oil imports.
The demonstrators also shouted slogans demanding equal rights for women. They called for equal job opportunities and pay parity with men in similar employment.
In Amsterdam women took the opportunity to air their grievances over sex discrimination One thousand women joined a march organised by the Amsterdam Women's House Organisation and the Red Women of the Labour Party. They demanded economic recognition of domestic work traditionally assigned t women such as the care of children. They also called for equal job opportunities and denounced discrimination against women by employers.