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In Pictures: International Women's Day 2021

Marches and protests are held across the globe to mark International Women's Day. The theme for this year's International Women's Day is “Choose To Challenge”. The day, sponsored by the United Nations since 1975, celebrates women's achievements and aims to further their rights.

March 08, 2021

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with Delhi BJP President Adesh Gupta, during an event to mark International Women's Day, at Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi.

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Film actress Lakshmi Manchu plays cricket with women cops on the occasion of International Women’s Day celebrations at CAR Headquarters, in Hyderabad.

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Women officers of Uttar Pradesh Police present roses among commuting women, on the occasion of International Women's Day, at Hazratganj in Lucknow.

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Women passengers arrive at Sindhi camp bus station to board buses, after travelling in public buses was made free for women and girls on the occasion of International Women's Day, in Jaipur.

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8-year-old Ishita, who suffers from a rare disease and is unable to hear or speak, signs a document as she takes charge as the mayor of Jaipur Municipal Corporation Heritage for one day, on the occasion of International Women's Day, in Jaipur. Mayor Munesh Gurjar, who is bearing expenses for the child's treatment, is also seen.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee takes part in a rally to mark International Womens Day, in Kolkata.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a rally to mark International Womens Day, in Kolkata.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee takes part in a rally to mark International Womens Day, in Kolkata.

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Women officers of Uttar Pradesh Police present roses among commuting women, on the occasion of International Women's Day, at Hazratganj in Lucknow.

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Members of different women's non governmental organizations shout slogans to mark International Women's Day in New Delhi.

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Veteran film actress and BJP leader Vijayashanthi felicitates sanitation workers on International Women's Day at BJP State Office in Hyderabad.

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Women officers of Himachal Pradesh police perform stunts on the occasion of International Women's Day, during an event at Ridge, in Shimla.

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Congress MLA from Barkagaon, Amba Prasad, rides on a horse to mark International Women's Day, as she arrives at Jharkhand Assembly, in Ranchi.

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CPM leader Subhashini Ali and All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) activists raise slogans during the 'Vidhan Sabha' march demanding women security, equal pay for equal work and other issues on International Women's Day, in Patna.

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Railway Protection Force (RPF) women personnel take a selfie at Patna junction during International Women's Day function, in Patna.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal felicitates farmers' agitation icon 80-year-old Mohinder Kaur during an event on International Women's Day, in New Delhi.

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An exile Tibetan pastes her message which challenges gender stereotypes on a board during a gathering to mark the International Women's Day in Dharmsala.

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Women staff at Ranchi Railway station pose for photographers to mark International Women's Day, in Ranchi.

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An exile Tibetan speaks on a megaphone to a gathering to mark the International Women's Day in Dharmsala.

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An elderly woman awaits customers as she sells vegetables in Srinagar. March 8th marks International Women's Day.

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An activist holds a poster during a rally celebrating International Women's Day in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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A worker from the LG Towers wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus prepares flowers to hand over to women who enter the office building as part of celebration of International Women's Day in Beijing.

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An activist with a slogan in Spanish that reads: "The revolution will be feminist" written on her back holds a poster during a rally celebrating International Women's Day in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Anti-coup protesters set up road barricade, with women's clothing hanging overhead to mark the International Women's Day in Yangon, Myanmar. The escalation of violence in Myanmar as authorities crack down on protests against the February 1 coup is adding to pressure for more sanctions against the junta. A Burmese superstitious belief says anyone who walks underneath women's clothing is weakened and has bad fortune.

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The Chilean feminist group known as Las Tesis, known for "Un Violador en tu Camino" or "A Rapist in your Path," street performance, presents RESISTANCE, or the vindication of a collective right, a new performance against gender-based violence during an event marking International Women's Day, in Santiago, Chile.

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Women place flowers on a perimeter fence set up in front of the National Palace in preparation for the upcoming International Women's Day demonstration, in Mexico City. Women activists wrote the names of murdered and disappeared women on the fence.

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Women laying in coffins representing women killed in domestic violence during an event for upcoming International Women's Day in front of Tel Aviv's district court, Israel.

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Women dance in front of the Pyongyang Grand Theatre on International Women's Day in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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Women hold earthen lamps as they recite the 'Shiva Tandava Stotra' on the banks of Ganga river, on the occasion of International Women's Day, at Assi Ghat in Varanasi.

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Operation and on-board management of Bundelkhand Special train between Jhansi & Gwalior carried out by all-women's team, on the occasion of International Women's Day.

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A demonstrator throws burning gasoline at a police shield wall that is closing a breach on a barricade protecting the National Palace during a march to commemorate International Women's Day and protest against gender violence, in Mexico City.

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A fire breather burns a poster with the word "Patriarchy" during a march commemorating Women's International Day in Asuncion, Paraguay.

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Women march during International Women's Day in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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Demonstrators attack a police shield wall protecting Mexico City's National Palace during a march to commemorate International Women's Day and protesting against gender violence.

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A woman with the words "Not one less" written on her chest in Spanish joins a march to commemorate International Women's Day and protest against gender violence, in Mexico City.

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While staying at a distance from each other, women attend an International Women's Day gathering at an avenue in Barcelona, Spain. Women in Spain are marking this year's International Women's Day with static protests, bicycle fun-rides and small-sized events to prevent gatherings that could trigger a new spike of coronavirus infections.

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Women are reflected in the mirrored ceiling of the Vieux Port Pavillion as they perform a feminist hymn during a demonstration to mark International Women's Day in Marseille, southern France.

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Women, wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19, wear signs with writing reading in Italian "Welfare is not the same for all", left, "Its not a woman's job", second from left, "Men advance; childbirth is not their problem," and "I don't have children but to be discriminated its enough to be a woman," right, during a demonstration in front of the Finance Ministry on International Women's Day in Rome.

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Women put on their masks while another takes a selfie prior to a march for International Women's Day in Santiago, Chile.

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