The World Celebrates International Women’s Day

International Women's Day was established in the early 1900's to raise awareness and incite action to erase the vast differences in equality between men and women. See what women around the world are up to on International Women's Day.

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Azerbaijani man presents a red flower to the woman during the International Women's Day in capital city Baku, Azerbaijan on March 8, 2014. International Women's Day is a red-letter day and public holiday is celebrated by Azerbaijani people throughout the country.
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Russian woman gets flowers during the International Women's Day in Moscow, Russia on March 8, 2014. Russian people buy flowers and gifts during the International Women's Day.
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Turkish women shout slogans as they march in central Ankara as part of the "International Women's Day", on March 8, 2014. The "International Women's Day" dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century and has been observed by the United Nations since 1975.
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U.S. forces in Afghanistan, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), celebrate during a gathering marking International Women's Day in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, March 8, 2014.
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Myanmarese refugee women handcuff, blindfold and cover their mouths with black cloths during a protest on International Women's Day in New Delhi, India Saturday, March 8, 2014. Myanmarese in Delhi alleged their government used forms of violence against women as weapons of war and demanded an end to it. They also urged India for protection from sexual violence, healthcare and education for their children in India.
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U.N. Women for Peace including Cindy McCain, far left, U.N. first lady Ban Soon-Teak, third from left, and Naomi Campbell, fourth from right, lead the second annual "March in March" to end violence against women in celebration of International Women's Day, outside U.N. headquarters, Friday March 7, 2014 in New York.
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In this photo provided by the United Nations Foundation, Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice-President Joe Biden, addresses attendees at the International Women's Day luncheon, hosted by the United Nations Foundation, and the UN Information Center and Women's Foreign Policy Group, in Washington D.C., Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
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Heydy Farelo, a Mayan shaman, takes part in a Mayan ceremony celebrating the upcoming International Women's Day at the Kaminal Juyu archaeological site in Guatemala city on March 6, 2013. In Guatemala each year more than 700 women die victims of gender violence, one of the highest rates in Latin America.
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Check out photos from last year's International Women's Day. Here, a deaf Palestinian woman embroiders a piece of cloth as a part of the deaf adult education program at the Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children in Gaza City, on March 7, 2013 on the eve of International Women's Day. Click to see what other women around the world are up to as some prepare for this international event.
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Afghanistan's first female pilot, Latifa Nabizada (4L back), 40, poses with other women as she stands next to a helicopter at the Kabul International Airport (KAIA), in Kabul on March 7, 2013.
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Afghanistan's first female pilot, Latifa Nabizada ,40, gives an interview as she stands next to a helicopter at the Kabul International Airport (KAIA), in Kabul on March 7, 2013.
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Indian women tend to their children as they take a break from work in a field on the eve of International Women's Day on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 7, 2013.
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Women walk through a crafts and flowers market set up ahead of the International Women's Day in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
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Nepalese climber Asha Singh looks at climbing gear at a store in Katmandu, Nepal. Aiming to change the all-male image of mountaineering in the country, a group of Nepalese women have embarked on a mission to climb the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents. The women, aged between 21 and 32, have already climbed Everest in Asia, Kosciuszko in Australia and Elbrus in Europe and are preparing next week to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to mark International Women's Day.
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A Lebanese man hangs a poster as part of an initiative set up by The Uprising of Women in the Arab World and supported by International Federation for Human Rights, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Posters representing Arab women holding a slogan saying "I am with the uprising of women in the Arab world because I want society to see me as a woman first before they see me as a mother, wife or daughter" which will be displayed in different Arab countries for International Women's Day.
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A model displays an outfit during a fashion event celebrated by the British High Commission for International Women's Day in Colombo on March 7, 2013. Clothing accounts for over half of Sri Lanka's 7.5 billion USD export earnings.
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Detail of jewelry at the DKNY & Same Sky Ethical Shopping Event to celebrate International Women's Day at DKNY Store on March 6, 2013 in New York City.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin poses with workers of the Vologda textile factory on the eve of International Women's Day, March 8, in Vologda, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia.
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British television presenter Alesha Dixon leads people holding banners during a demonstration against domestic violence near Big Ben in the lead up to Friday's International Women's Day, London, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Avon, Refuge and Women's Aid are launching a new campaign called 'Speaking Out In Her Name' to raise awareness of domestic violence.
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Halima Bibi, collects edible herbs that she sells to earn a living for her family, in suburbs of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Pakistan will mark the International day for women with other nations on Friday, March 8.
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A Pakistani woman and her daughters wash their laundry at a water reservoir on the outskirts of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Thursday, March 6, 2013. Pakistan will mark the International day for women with other nations on Friday, March 8.
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French President Francois Hollande (C), flanked by his partner Valerie Trierweiler (R) and French Minister for Women's Rights and Government Spokesperson Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (L), attend on March 7, 2013, on the eve of International Women's Day, a gathering in Paris entitled "March 8, all year round".
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President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, members of women's organizations, law enforcement officials, tribal leaders, survivors, advocates and members of Congress, flashes a thumbs-up after signing the Violence Against Women Act, Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the Interior Department in Washington.
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A woman pushes a suitcase, wears a banner reading 'Is my body. Is my live. Is my health.' and 'We'll go to London for abortion', during a protest against restrictions on abortion, a day prior to International Women's Day, in Pamplona northern Spain, Friday, March 7, 2014.
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An Indian Muslim child holds a placard and participate in a rally to mark International Women�s Day at a school in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 7, 2014. International Women's Day will be marked on March 8.
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U.N. Women for Peace and supporters gather for the second annual "March in March" to end violence against women in celebration of International Women's Day, outside U.N. headquarters, Friday March 7, 2014 in New York.
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, and Executive Director of U.N. Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, center, greet former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, at a U.N. meeting to kick off events for the International Women's Day, March, Friday, March 7, 2014.
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, second left, welcomes former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, at a U.N. meeting to kick off events for the International Women's Day-8 March, Friday, March 7, 2014 at United Nations headquarters.
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Participants gather to form a woman symbol as they celebrate International Women's Day at Manila's Rizal Park, Philippines on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The organizers hope to bring in 10,000 participants and set a Guinness World Record as the biggest human formation of the woman symbol. The event's official recorded participants has yet to be announced.
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