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International Women's Day 2018: How the World Celebrated

#PressForProgress calls for further action in women's equality on International Women's Day.

Today marks International Women's Day, a global celebration of women's social, political, and cultural achievements from the past and present, while pushing for progress for future generations. In the past year, we've seen women from all walks of life stand up and start the conversation of issues women still face like gender equality and sexual assaults. Thanks to recent activism movements like the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, the call for change this Women's Day will not go unnoticed.

This year's theme is #PressForProgress, a call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. Women wearing purple, the official color of IWD, participated in events and marches held around the globe.

Spain's workers are walking in its first "feminist strike." Participating women all across the country halted work in a 24-hour strike organized by the Mar. 8 Commission and backed by 10 unions and some of the country's top women politicians. Hundreds of women who were in Madrid's Puerto Del Sol banged pots and pans while shouting slogans.

In Milan, Italy, thousands of students marched in front of hospitals protesting against Italian doctors refusing to perform abortions, even though it's legal. South Koreans marched the streets in the wake of #MeToo, while in Manila, women marched and argued their president was a violator of women's rights. Indian women marched toward parliament demanding action for discrimination in the workplace, sexual assault, and domestic violence. McDonald's 'M' logo even turned upside down in honor of International Women's Day in California, although some were not a fan of the company's stunt.

View the gallery above to see how the world celebrates this special day.

International Women's Day 2018 Around the World




Hindu nuns shout slogans during a rally to mark the International Women's Day in Kolkata


Women band members of Armed Police Force (APF) take part during a rally to mark International WomenÕs Day in Kathmandu,


International Women's Day March 2018 in Manila

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

Mock coffin is seen at a memorial for women murder victims during a protest to mark International Women's Day in Ciudad Juarez

A woman carrying a fist sculpture as a part of demonstration

Women hold their children as they take part in a rally to mark International Women's Day in Islamabad

Women run during an event marking International Women's Day in Old Jeddah

McDonald's 'M' logo is turned upside down in honour of International Women's Day in Lynwood

Women's right activists march on the street on the International Women's Day in Tbilisi

International Women's Day celebrated across Russia