Dublin, Ireland (CNN)As women around the world wore red in solidarity with International Women’s Day, crowds in Ireland donned black and went on strike to protest against the country’s restrictive abortion laws.
Traffic ground to a halt in parts of Dublin Wednesday as women and abortion rights activists sang along to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” during a raucous dance party on O’Connell Bridge.
After sundown, a second, separate demonstration — also in protest of abortion rights — commenced with Irish police estimating 10,000 to 12,000 people on the capital’s streets.
New mother Sheena Bouchier, a 33-year-old user experience designer, said that having a child hasn’t changed her feelings on issue.
“As a mother, as a woman, the strike means the same thing to me. The law needs to change. I want to see a world different for my daughter,” Bouchier said.