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Protesters across the world mark International Women's Day

Thousands of people around the world have taken to the streets to make their voices heard on International Women's Day, including protests in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Spain.


Two of Harvey Weinstein's accusers lead the way at a demonstration in Rome on Thursday as to mark International Women's Day.

Actresses Asia Argento and Rose McGowan were two of the first to come forward and accuse the Hollywood director of sexual misconduct in 2017 and early 2018. 

Asia Argento, an Italian actress who helped launch the #MeToo movement, is launching a new movement, #WeToo, which aims to unite women against the power imbalance in favor of men. 

Argento helped give strength to other women to report sexual assault and harassment when she accused Harvey Weinstein of rape in an expose by The New Yorker.

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Actresses Asia Argento and Rose McGowan lead a demonstration to mark International Women's Day in Rome 

Asia Argento, an Italian actress who helped launch the #MeToo movement, is launching a new movement, #WeToo, which aims to unite women against the power imbalance in favor of men

Rose McGowan detailed stories of the alleged abuse in her memoir Brave, which echoed the rapereported by Asia Argento. Weinstein denied the accusation.

Despite their traumatic stories, the pair marched in strength and unity as they lead thousands of women through the Italian capital on Thursday.

Events were held across the globe to mark International Women's Day which occurs on March 8 every year.

From street plays to highlight domestic violence to hundreds of male and female protesters wearing black masks and brandishing #MeToo placards, people around the world have taken to the streets to make their voices heard. 

Marches and demonstrations in Asia kicked off rallies around the world with other events are planned across Asia, the Mideast, Europe and the Americas.

Their banner was branded we the #WeToo movements slogan as they lead their way through the Italain capital 

The two actresses, who accused Harvey Weinstein of rape in 2017, were flanked by thousands of female supporters 

HOW THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN SCANDAL CHANGED HOLLYWOOD

In early October 2017, The New Yorker and the New York Times reported that more than a dozen women had accused director Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment going back more than 30 years. 

More than 80 women would proceed to come forward with allegations against the movie moghul.

Weinstein denied them but was dismissed from his film production company, expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and suspended from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Harvey Weinstein pictured before his downfall, with (from left to right) Taylor Swift, Este Haim, Jaime King and Lorde at a 2015 party

The allegations against Weinstein subsequently triggered similar allegations against other influential men worldwide, including other Hollywood stars like Kevin Spacey, and sparked the #MeToo movement on social media, designed to bring attention to sexual harassment and misconduct suffered throughout the world.  

Stars who have made allegations against Weinstein include Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek and Rose McGowan.

A spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein has previously said that any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied. 

A statement released to Channel 4 said: 'Mr Weinstein has apologized for boorish behavior in certain situations in the past, Mr Weinstein unequivocally denies he ever engaged in criminal misconduct of any kind.' 

Hundreds of women activists in pink and purple shirts were protesting in the Philippines against President Rodrigo Duterte, who they said is among the worst violators of women's rights in Asia.

Meanwhile, the French newspaper Libération is charging men 25 per cent more for their daily edition today, to underscore the gender pay gap in the country.  

The paper published two versions with different cover pages, one marked 'for women, 2 euros, normal price' with a silhoutte of a woman, the other marked 'for men, 2.50 euros' with a silhoutte of a man.

Protest leaders sang and danced in a boisterous rally in downtown Manila's Plaza Miranda. They handed red and white roses to mothers, sisters and widows of several drug suspects slain under Duterte's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs.

Demonstrators supporting the MeToo movement in black stage a rally to mark the International Women's Day in Seoul, South Korea

People take part in a rally to celebrate International Women's Day at the State Library in Melbourne, Australia

A Filipino woman holds a placard during a rally marking International Women's Day in Manila, Philippine to protest against the gender pay gap 

Women taking part in a 24-hour strike - both at work and at home - took to the streets to protest in Madrid early on Thursday

Marches took place across Spain with women taking to the streets with homemade banners 

Women came together carrying purple balloons and flags as they marched through the streets of Madrid 

French newspaper Libération is charging men 25 per cent more for their daily edition today (left), to underscore the gender pay gap in the country 

Protesters, many wearing black and holding black signs reading #MeToo, gathered in central Seoul, South Korea to call for tougher action to bring alleged sexual offenders to justice, as well as action on other issues such as closing a gender pay gap.

Since a female prosecutor's revelation in January of workplace mistreatment and sexual misconduct, South Korea's #MeToo movement has gained major traction with the list of women speaking out growing daily.

Several high-profile men have resigned from positions of power, including a governor who was a leading presidential contender before he was accused of repeatedly raping his secretary.

Myanmar's Embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi said that peaceful democracies make good use of women's strength in political, economic and social fields.

Eni Lestari, chairperson of the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) speaks during a protest against the working conditions of foreign domestic helpers on International Women's Day in Hong

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

Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi (C-R), Myanamr's first lady Su Su Lwin (C-L), Khan Thet Htay (R), wife of Myanmar Vice-President Myint Swe, and Shwe Lwan (L), wife of Myanmar Vice-President Henry Van Hti Yu, pose of group photo after the International Women's Day ceremony at the Myanmar International Convention Center 2 in Naypyitaw

Myanmar's Embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi said that peaceful democracies make good use of women's strength in political, economic and social fields

In a speech marking International Women's Day, she said, 'A country's human rights values will be enhanced when women are granted their rights.'

Thursday was the third year the annual event was celebrated under a civilian government in Myanmar, where the military that long ruled the country is still powerful.

Suu Kyi leads the political party that won by a landslide in 2015 elections but the constitution bars her from becoming the president.

Though Myanmar has a woman leading its civilian government, a profound gender gap remains in the country of 52 million people.

Meanwhile in Spain women have called for a 24-hour feminist strike in their workplaces and also stop doing duties at home during the International Women's Day.

Women bang pots and pans as shooting slogans during a protest marking the beginning of a 24-hour women strike at the Sol square in Madrid

Women in Spain have been called for a 24-hour feminist strike in their workplaces and also stop doing duties at home

People take part in a rally to celebrate International Women's Day at the State Library in Melbourne, Australia which kicked off a day of worldwide protests 

An activist from the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body holds a placard that reads 'End Modern Day Slavery in HK' during a protest

Men and women came together to protest in Seoul , South Korea, donning black clothing and masks 

Protesters shout slogans during a rally against President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines

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