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Women Demonstrate Worldwide Calling for End to Violence, Abuse

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Image: A woman with make-up made to look like a bruise walks with families of victims of domestic violence during a march against domestic violence against women, marking International Women's Day in Beirut
A woman with make-up made to look like a bruise walks with families of victims of domestic violence during a march against domestic violence against women, marking International Women's Day in Beirut on March 8, 2014.JAMAL SAIDI / Reuters

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Women around the world led demonstrations in major cities Saturday in support of International Women's Day — showing solidarity against violence and female oppression.

From West Africa to South America, the messages touched on religion, reclaiming freedoms and the right to bare it all.

Women march in Southern Yemen for equal rights:

Groups of women march in Barcelona, Spain, to defend women's rights to jobs and against abuse:

Women "reclaim their liberty" with a march in Kidal, Mali:

Seven ex-pats from Egypt, Iran and Tunisia held a nude protest in front of the Louvre museum in Paris. Roughly 2,000 women continued to march through Parisian streets pushing for gender equality:

Women in Venezuela protest the government of Maduro, inequality and economic shortages on International Women's Day:

Swarms of women flood İstiklal Street in Taksim for the annual Women’s Day March. The women play drums, carry placards and banners calling for gender equality and an end to violence against women:

— Mel Bailey

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