Thousands of feminists demonstrated in Madrid on Thursday to mark International Women's Day, during an unprecedented national strike in the name of gender equality.

Protesters marched under the slogan 'if we stop, the world stops', while chanting and holding banners against sexual discrimination, domestic violence and the male-female wage gap, amongst other issues.

Work has been halted as part of a 24-hour strike organised by the 8 March Commission.

Women are downing tools, boycotting domestic tasks and occupying the streets of Spain.

More than 5 million women have taken part in the 24-hour-strike, trade unions said.

Local media has described the day as 'historic', since this is it is Spain's first nationwide feminist strike.

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