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'Now we act': Women stand together for equality on International Women's Day

Women around the world rallied to mark International Women's Day, drawing attention to the Time's Up and #MeToo movements.

Image: Women's Strike Rally Takes Place In Russell Square


Women's rights demonstrators hold placards during a rally in Russell Square on International Women's Day on March 8, 2018.

International Women's Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women's achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women's Rights and International Peace.

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New York

Wall Street's "Fearless Girl" statue is draped with a bouquet of flowers. The statue, which has been a New York City tourist attraction since it was installed to mark International Women's Day one year ago, is staying put for now while city officials figure out where it's going next to spread its message of female empowerment.

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Image: International Women's Day March 2018 in Manila

Manila, Phillippines

Women join a protest march on the streets of the nation's capital to celebrate and protest against President Rodrigo Duterte's human rights violations and policies, which the protesters say victims are also women.

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Image: A worker works at drive through window as McDonald's iconic 'M' logo is turned upside down in honour of International Women's Day in Lynwood

Lynwood, California

A worker sits at drive through window as McDonald's iconic 'M' logo is turned upside down to a 'W' in honor of the day.

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Italian actress Asia Argento, left, along with U.S. actress Rose McGowan, center, who both accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, and Italian showgirl Miriana Trevisan, right, take part in a march organised by 'Non Una Di Meno' (Me too) movement.

'Non Una Di Meno', which translates as Not One (Woman) Less, is the equivalent of the movement that grew out of the Harvey Weinstein-spurred sexual harassment and rape revelations.

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People hold banners and placards as they take part in a march.

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A woman takes a photograph from a balcony as thousands of people march down Istanbul's famous Istiklal street during a rally.

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Image: Women hold posters of famous feminists


Women hold posters of famous feminists during a gathering. Statistics show at the same age and equivalent job, there is a 9 percent gap between the wages of men and women in France.

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Nairobi, Kenya

Members of the Kenya Girl Guides attend an International Women's day ceremony in Kawangware slum.

Women across Europe and Asia shouted their demands for equality, respect and empowerment Thursday to mark International Women's Day, with protesters in Spain launching a 24-hour strike and crowds of demonstrators filling the streets of Manila, Seoul and New Delhi.

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Bern, Switzerland

Susanne Jungo rappels down the Prison Tower during the "50-50, More Women in Politics" event, a campaign for equal representation of women in Swiss politics.

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Nairobi, Kenya

A woman performs taekwondo during a ceremony in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh

Masked Bangladeshi women attend an International Women's Day rally.

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Gaza City

Palestinian students on a trip to Gaza City to mark International Women's Day.

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Delegates hold flower bouquets as they arrive for a plenary session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People.

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Melbourne, Australia

Women take part in a rally at the State Library.

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Minsk, Belarus

Women participate in the "Beauty Run."

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San Sebastian, Spain

Demonstrators wave purple flags as they march during a one-day strike to defend women's rights.

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Pristina, Kosovo

An ethnic Albanian protester shouts during a rally for gender equality and against violence towards women.

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Amritsar, India

Indian border security soldiers patrol along the border with Pakistan near Pul Moran border post.

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A woman holds a flare during a march against violence.

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Islamabad, Pakistan

Female police commandos march at their headquarters.

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Bilbao, Spain

Protesters form triangles with their hands during a demonstration for women's rights.

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Image: Chinese women celebrate International Women's Day

Yongchuan District, China

Women compete in a tea leaf picking contest in the town of Bao Feng.

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Shenyang, China

Women play in the snow in China's northeastern Liaoning province.

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The Eiffel Tower displays the the social media hashtag #MaintenantOnAgit, meaning "Now we act," as part of an anti-violence campaign.

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