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SNOWBOARDER STRIKES FOR WOMEN'S EQUALITY - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
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Anne-Flore Marxer has backed a Swiss strike in protest at the lack of equal pay & rights for women. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED





The Swiss professional snowboarder has given her support to the nationwide one-day stoppage by women on Friday 14th June.

They are calling for equal pay, pension rights and action against discrimination and sexual harassment.

Marxer, who campaigns for gender equality, says there is still discrimination against women in snowsports.

"When I started snowboarding, women were not allowed to participate in slopestyle competitions," she says.

"Men had decided it was too dangerous for women.

"And that is still the case today in freeride competitions.

"The first male skier gets $8,000 while the first woman snowboarder gets $4,000 for the same competition, the same day, on the same mountain."

Anne-Flore Marxer Anne-Flore Marxer talking about the strike on Swiss TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The strike takes place 28 years to the day since a similar protest.

Although gender equality legislation was passed five years later, Swiss women still earn roughly 20% less than men in 2019.

Swiss women have long campaigned to accelerate the pace of gender equality.

They joined millions of other women in Europe after World War One ended in 1918 in demanding the right to vote - but did not get it until 1971.

At the time of the 1991 strike there were no women in the Swiss government, and there was no statutory maternity leave.

Appenzell was the the last Swiss canton to refuse women the right to vote and has recently been ordered to change its policy by Switzerland's Supreme Court.

Nearly every Swiss town and village, from urban centre through to alpine farming communities and ski resorts, have an activity planned.

Marxer, who's 35, was born in Lausanne and started snowboarding as soon as she could walk.

She began her competitive career in 2004 and in 2011 she won the Freeride World Tour.

"I find it extremely important to go out in the streets on the 14th of June to demonstrate the importance of women's participation in our society," she says.

Anne-Flore MarxerAnne-Flore Marxer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


UPDATE:

There has been some reaction over on the PlanetSKI Facebook page.

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