Women demonstrated in all the big towns and cities, including the capital, Bern, Lausanne, Neuchatel, Basel and Nyon | Image: AFP

Switzerland women today began a day of demonstrations against what they say is the country’s unacceptably slow pace to equality.

Concise News gathered that the Friday’s protest comes 28 years after similar action saw half a million women take to the streets in 1991.

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

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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.

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Appenzell, the last Swiss canton to refuse women the right to vote, had just been ordered to change its policy by Switzerland’s Supreme Court.

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