12 photos from around the world show just how big International Women’s Day really is


International Women's Day is observed around the world annually on March 8, and for countless women and their allies, the U.N.-designated day is an opportunity for protest, celebration and unity. 

Here are just a few of the powerful images from International Women's Day rallies, demonstrations and observances across the globe.

Melbourne, Australia

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In Melbourne, thousands of women and their allies marched on the city's Parliament house in a massive Women's Day march for economic and reproductive justice, an end to racism and violence against women, and transgender and disability rights, among other goals.

New Delhi

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In New Delhi, 200 women took part in a mass self-defense technique training led by Delhi police as part of Women's Day in the city, according to Getty.

Toulouse, France

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In the city of Toulouse, women and their allies marched for International Women's Day carrying signs like the one seen in the above above, which translates to "We want rights, not flowers," according to Getty.


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In Islamabad, women and allies rallied and held signs calling for an end to violence against women as part of International Women's Day observances, the Associated Press reported.

Manila, Philippines

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In Manila, protesters rallied against violence against women and the death penalty, the AP reported, which the Philippine House of Representatives recently moved to reinstate.

Pristina, Kosovo

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In Kosovo, people observed International Women's Day by marching for gender equality and protesting violence against women. One woman marched with a sticker across her forehead that read, "We march, we don't celebrate," according to the AP.

Sanaa, Yemen

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In Yemen, women gathered outside the U.N. building in Sanaa. The people in the above photo held a sign with the message: "Yemeni women die due to war and siege," the AP reported.

Kiev, Ukraine

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In Kiev, women and their allies took to the streets on International Women's Day to march for gender equality.

Bucharest, Romania

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In Bucharest, advocates observed International Women's Day by honoring women who had been killed by their partners, the AP reported. Flowers and cards bearing the victims' names and causes of death were read during the event, called "If one falls, we all fall."

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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In Buenos Aires, women observed the day with a one-hour strike, during which time they took to the streets. Organizers reportedly encouraged women to gather and picket, march, and bang on pots and pans.

Tbilisi, Georgia

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In Tbilisi, demonstrators rallied to support LGBTQ rights on International Women's Day, the AP reported, and held signs advocating for trans women and reproductive justice.

Rabat, Morocco

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In Rabat, women and allies marched in the streets on International Women's Day in a protest that advocated for gender equality, Getty reported.

By Wednesday afternoon, even as International Women's Day gatherings ended for the day in some parts of the world, they were only just beginning in others.

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