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

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

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)
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)
Demonstrators supporting the MeToo movement wearing black stage a rally to mark International Women’s Day in Seoul, South Korea (Ahn Young-joon/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)
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)
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)
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)

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