In Pictures: International Women’s Day celebrated across the world

Some took strike action while others staged colourful and vibrant marches for equality.

Press Association
Last updated: 8 March 2018 - 3.30pm

Women around the world have held gatherings to mark International Women’s Day.

This year’s event takes place after a year when scandals have shone a spotlight on gender issues across the planet.

Protesters shout slogans as they march towards a Manila square for a rally to mark International Women's Day
In the Philippines, protesters, many carrying roses, shouted slogans as they marched towards a square in Manila for a rally to mark International Women’s Day (Bullit Marquez/AP)
Protesters shout slogans in Manila during a rally to mark International Women's Day
Among them, hundreds of women activists in pink and purple shirts protested against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, calling him among the worst violators of women’s rights in Asia (Bullit Marquez/AP)
A female worker supporting the MeToo movement attends a rally to mark International Women's Day in Seoul, South Korea
A female worker supporting the MeToo movement attends a rally to mark International Women’s Day in Seoul, South Korea (Ahn Young-joon/AP)
Pakistan students take part in a rally in Lahore (K.M. Chaudary/AP)
Pakistan students take part in a rally in Lahore (K.M. Chaudary/AP)
Demonstrators supporting the MeToo movement wearing black stage a rally to mark International Women’s Day in Seoul, South Korea (Ahn Young-joon/AP)
Billie Jean King, founder of the Women's Tennis Association, poses with fans for a selfie to commemorate International Women's Day in Singapore (Wong Maye-E/AP)
Billie Jean King, founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, poses with fans for a selfie to commemorate International Women’s Day in Singapore (Wong Maye-E/AP)
Masked Bangladeshi women attend an International Women’s Day rally in Dhaka (A.M. Ahad/AP)
Masked Bangladeshi women attend an International Women’s Day rally in Dhaka (A.M. Ahad/AP)
China Politics International Women’s Day
Chinese women delegates walk together to pose outside the Great Hall of the People after attending a plenary session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (Aljaz Rahi/AP))
Ukraine International Women’s Day
A woman holds balloons and a poster to mark International Women’s Day in central Kiev, Ukraine (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)
Delegates hold flowers for International Women’s Day as they arrive for a plenary session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)
Delegates hold flowers for International Women’s Day as they arrive for a plenary session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)
Land activists release balloons to mark International Women’s Day on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Heng Sinith/AP)
Land activists release balloons to mark International Women’s Day on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Heng Sinith/AP)
Spain International Women’s Day
Demonstrators attend a female general strike in Pamplona, Spain to mark the day (Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Women make their voices heard during a protest at Sol square on International Women’s Day in Madrid (Francisco Seco/AP)
Women make their voices heard during a protest at Sol square on International Women’s Day in Madrid (Francisco Seco/AP)
TA woman performs as Turkish women sing and dance for International Women’s Day in Ankara, Turkey (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)
A woman performs as Turkish women sing and dance for International Women’s Day in Ankara, Turkey (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)

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