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Countries Across the World Honor International Women's Day

Women from around the world come together to celebrate but also highlight the progress that women have made on international Women's Day.

International Women's Day is a time to reflect on progress made for women worldwide, but also a time to look ahead to the work that still needs to be done. Women from around the world come together to celebrate but also highlight the progress that needs to be done.

Above: A Palestinian woman holds balloons, some reading in Arabic "women's rights", during an event organised by the United Nations to mark the international women's day on March 8, 2016 at a park in Gaza City.

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International Women's Day is celebrated globally on March 8 to promote women's rights and equality. Sponsored by the United Nations and celebrated worldwide since March 8, 1914, International Women's Day celebrates "acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities."

Above: Indian people takes selfies in front of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, that's lit up in pink in support of International Women's Day, in Mumbai, India, on March 8.

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An activist poses with a photos of slain environmental rights activist Berta Caceres during a march to mark International Women's Day in Managua, Nicaragua on March 8, 2016. OSWALDO RIVAS / Reuters
Pakistani workers dye scarves at their home in Karachi on March 7, 2016, ahead of International Women's Day. Women in Pakistan have fought for their rights for decades, in a country where so-called honour killings and acid attacks remain commonplace. ASIF HASSAN / AFP - Getty Images
A woman covers her face with a black scarf during a performance honoring the history of feminist movements, marking the International Women's Day in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. The theme for this year's celebration is "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality." Andreea Alexandru / AP
Friba Hameed, 30, an Afghan police officer, second right, helps paint part of a mural of herself on a wall outside the main gate of a police precinct to mark International Women's Day in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 8. Rahmat Gul / AP
Nepalese young girls cheer and dance during in a concert to mark International Women's Day in Kathmandu, Nepal, on March 8. International Women's Day is globally observed on 08 March, in order to highlight the struggles of women across the globe and promote women's rights. Some key targets for the U.N.'s 2030 agenda including ensuring that all girls and boys worldwide have access to quality early childhood development, the eradication of all forms of gender-based violence, and to put an end to child, early and forced marriage. NARENDRA SHRESTHA / EPA
Indian tribal artists during a rally for International Women's Day in Bhopal, India, on March 8. The rally was organized by the Womens and Childrens Development Department of the government of Madhya Pradesh. SANJEEV GUPTA / EPA
Women demonstrate during the commemoration of International Women's Day, in Guatemala City on March 8. Some key targets for the U.N.'s 2030 agenda including ensuring that all girls and boys worldwide have access to quality early childhood development, equal-pay for all genders, the eradication of all forms of gender-based violence, and to put an end to child, early and forced marriage. JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP - Getty Images
Street vendors sell flowers on the street, in Hanoi, Vietnam, March 7. International Women's Day is marked on 08 March every year and Vietnamese men usually offer flowers to women. LUONG THAI LINH / EPA
Women who took part in a project ahead of International Women's Day, hug during a meeting with Nechama Rivlin (not pictured), wife of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on March 7. The women, who are victims of sexual abuse, appeared on the cover of Israeli women's magazine, "Laisha", as part of a project encouraging women to speak out against sexual violence. RONEN ZVULUN / Reuters
A man walks past a group of red shoes used for a performance to denounce violence against women organized by Amnesty International during International Women's Day in Gijon, Spain, on March 8. ELOY ALONSO / Reuters