International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the globe throughout Thursday 8 March. Thousands of protesters and activist groups are expected to take to the streets in major cities today to call for change and progress for women’s rights.

Major rallies to commemorate this event are taking part in capital cities and other urban centres across the world. During this time, large gatherings are likely to trigger disruptions and delays to traffic and various forms of public transportation. Increased security can also be expected, although the risk of violent incidents is low. Workers’ strikes have reportedly also been initiated by trade unions and women’s rights organizations in some countries to mark the day, causing disruptions to public services and airports.

Travellers are advised to anticipate taking extra time to reach their destinations. Disruptions to public transport may require travellers to use alternative forms of transportation.

In general, GWS provides the following advice on protests and civil unrest:

  • Remain aware for signs of increased tensions in your vicinity.
  • Avoid all protests and large public gatherings due to the potential for escalation.
  • Be aware of the risk of traffic disruptions in your vicinity. Limit travel in the area and seek alternate routes.
  • Monitor local media outlets and this security information service regularly.

Happy International Women’s Day and safe travels!

Following are rallies taking place across Europe as reported by GWS:

  • Zagreb, Croatia: March on Franjo Racki, Ilica, Gunduliceva, and Masarykova, streets ending by Zrinjevac Park around 18:00
  • Prague, Czech Republic: March from Klarov Square toward Prague Castle at 18:00
  • Paris, France: March from Place de la Republique to the Opera Metro station around 15:40
  • Berlin, Germany: Rally at Schlesisches Tor around 15:30
  • Warsaw, Poland: Rallies at Constitution Square around 18:00 and Dmowskiego Circle around 20:00
  • Istanbul, Turkey: March from the French Cultural Center to Taksim Square around 19:30
  • Kyiv, Ukraine: Rally at Mykhailivska Square around 13:00
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: from parliament through Marshal Tito Street to the Children’s Square around 13.00
  • Sofia, Bulgaria: the location is not specified
  • Bucharest, Romania: in front of the Ministry of Interior 
  • Belgrade, Serbia: Republic Square
  • Pristina, Kosovo: from Zahir Pajaziti Square around 12.00pm
  • Montenegro: the location is not specified