International Women's Day: March 8, 2016

    Published March 07, 2016

    The beginnings of International Women’s Day — a mass protest by thousands of women in New York City seeking better pay and working conditions, and the right to vote — has evolved into a day to take stock of the progress made toward gender equality worldwide as well as issues that still need to be addressed.


    Female relatives of women prisoners shout slogans against the military and the interior ministry at an event called "Release Our Girls" during International Women's Day in front of the Press Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt, March 8, 2016.


    Friba Hameed, 30, an Afghan police officer, poses for a photograph in front of a mural of herself, painted by an independent artist, outside the main gate of a police precinct to mark International Women's Day in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 8, 2016.


    Former comfort woman Chen Lien-hua, center, wipes tears as she talks to media during a ceremony unveiling the nameplate of a museum dedicated to Taiwan's "comfort women" on International Women's Day, in Taipei, Taiwan, March 8, 2016.


    A 14-year-old Myanmar girl carries three bags of powdered limestone to load onto a boat on the bank of Ayeyarwaddy River, on International Women’s Day in Mandalay, Myanmar, March 8, 2016.


    Women run as they take part in the "Beauty run" event in Minsk, Belarus, March 8, 2016. About 900 women gathered to mark International Women's Day by running a distance of 5300 meters.


    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, right, and his Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras, present roses to women journalists because of the International Women's Day as they meet in the Aegean port city of Izmir, western Turkey, March 8, 2016.


    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama poses with young female students in front of the White House before an event to mark International Women's Day, as part of the first lady's Let Girls Learn initiative, in Washington, D.C., March 8, 2016.


    People march on the street to mark the International Women's Day in Tbilisi, Georgia, March 8, 2016.


    Philippine presidential candidate Grace Poe speaks at International Women's Day rally by Gabriela Party List women's group in Manila, March 8, 2016.


    Protesters march demanding greater accessibility of abortion but also for better work conditions and more state support in raising children, in Warsaw, Poland, March 6, 2016.


    Kyiv's subway staff waits for female passengers in order to offer them flowers ahead of International Women's Day in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 2, 2016.


    Demonstrators are stopped by the police during a protest ahead of the International Women's Day, in Istanbul, Turkey, March 6, 2016.


    Palestinian and Israeli activists take part in a demonstration calling for a better future for both people and ahead of the annual International Women's Day, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, March 4, 2016.


    The day before International Women's Day, victims of sexual abuse hug after taking part in a project to speak out against sexual violence, in Jerusalem, March 7, 2016.

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