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International Women's Day around the world – in pictures

Rallies are taking place from Nepal to Spain to Pakistan to mark the ongoing fight for women’s equality

  • New York City, US

    Wall Street’s “Fearless Girl” statue is draped with a bouquet of flowers to mark International Women’s Day. The figure has been a tourist attraction since it was installed to mark International Women’s Day one year ago.

    Photograph: Karen Matthews/AP

  • Rome, Italy

    Actresses Asia Argento, left, and Rose McGowan during a demonstration to mark International Women’s Day in the eternal city. 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 favour of men.

    Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

  • Athens, Greece

    People hold banners and placards as they participate in a rally in the Greek capital.

    Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

  • Mingkaman, South Sudan

    Cattle herder Mary Amer, 22, poses with her child. The herding of cattle is a role typically reserved for men.

    Photograph: Stefanie Glinski/AFP/Getty Images

  • Barcelona, Spain

    Women take part in a rally on the occasion of the International Women’s Day in downtown Barcelona.

    Photograph: Marta Perez/EPA

  • Athens, Greece

    A banner with depictions of women on it is held aloft during the march marking International Women’s Day.

    Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

  • New Delhi, India

    Girls shout slogans during a protest demanding equal rights.

    Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

  • Manila, Philippines

    A woman wipes tears from her eye during a rally to celebrate International Women’s Day. The protesters included the relatives of victims of extrajudicial killings.

    Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

  • Islamabad, Pakistan

    Female members of a police commando unit march during a ceremony for International Women’s Day.

    Photograph: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

  • Seoul, South Korea

    South Korean women show their support for the #MeToo movement during a rally for female labourers organised by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions.

    Photograph: YONHAP/EPA

  • Kathmandu, Nepal

    Female band members of the Armed Police Force (APF) take part during a rally.

    Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

  • Dhaka, Bangladesh

    A woman holds a candle during a vigil on the Central Shaheed Minar premises just after midnight.

    Photograph: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury / Barcroft Images

  • Singapore

    Billie Jean King, founder of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and a former world number one tennis player, poses with fans for a selfie during an event organised by the WTA to launch the last edition of the WTA Finals and to commemorate International Women’s Day.

    Photograph: Wong Maye-E/AP

  • Minsk, Belarus

    Women participate in the ‘Beauty Run’ to mark International Women’s Day.

    Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

  • Barcelona, Spain

    Women argue with Catalonian regional police officers as they try to close access to Gran Via in Barcelona. They are participants in the first national strike to combat wage inequality and gender violence in Spain.

    Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

  • Madrid, Spain

    Women take part in a “pans meeting” at Puerta del Sol as part of a feminist strike called by the 8M Commission, an umbrella group of feminist organisations. ‘If we stop, the world stops’, is their slogan.

    Photograph: Juanjo Martin/EPA

  • Milan, Italy

    Young women light flares during a street rally.

    Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

  • Diyarbakir, Turkey

    A girl flashes a victory sign during a demonstration in Turkey.

    Photograph: Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

  • London, England

    A placard reading ‘Roses are red, violets are blue, I love smashing the patriarchy with you’.

    Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

  • Saint Petersburg, Russia

    Feminists take part in a rally for gender equality.

    Photograph: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images