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March 8, 2009
International Women's Day
Nearly 100 years old, International Women's Day, celebrated on Sunday, March 8, marked an ongoing worldwide battle to ensure equal rights for half the globe's population on issues such as work, voting and abortion. (20 images)

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Afghan women, with blue scarves on their heads symbolizing justice, during a ceremony to mark the International Women's Day on Sunday, March 8, in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan. AP / Allauddin Khan

 


 

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Activists of Muslim Khawteen Markaz, a women separatist group, look on as they demonstrate on International women's day in Srinagar, India, Sunday, March 8. AP / Mukhtar Khan



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Migrant women workers push hand carts loaded with cow dung, which is used in place of fuel in rural areas, ahead of International Women's Day, in Amritsar, India, Saturday, March 7. (AP Photo/ Altaf Qadri) AP / Altaf Qadri



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A worker works at a brick factory on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Sunday, March 8. March 8 marks the International Women's Day. AP / Channi Anand



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A boy holds a child as his mother Morium Bibi crushes dry cell batteries to recycle carbon, ahead of international women's day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, March 7. Bibi earns about US $ 1 for crushing 1000 batteries per day. AP / Pavel Rahman



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Women of a Pakistani civil society dance to a traditional drum beat during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Islamabad, Pakistan on Sunday, March 8. Thousands of women demonstrated in nation-wide rallies on International Women's Day, demanding freedom, equal rights and an end to discriminatory laws in this Muslim nation. AP / Anjum Naveed



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An Iraqi woman prepares a kebab for a customer at her kiosk in the outskirts of Baghdad on March 8. Women in Iraq are trapped in a "silent emergency", victims of poverty and insecurity, Oxfam said on March 8, International Women's Day. The aid agency released the report to highlight what it called the desperation of daily hardships women face after years of conflict and the 2003 US-led invasion. AFP / Getty Images / Ali Yussef



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A woman weaves a traditional rug using a traditional weaving machine in Iraq-al-Amir rural town to the west of Amman on Sunday March 8, as the country joins the world celebrating Women's Day. The woman is a member of one of the several women's societies that focus on reviving indigenous crafts and help market the products to improve the income of women in rural areas. AP / Mohammad abu Ghosh



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Lebanese feminists hold a sit-in on the occasion of the International Women's Day in Beirut on March 8. Nearly 100 years old, International Women's Day on March 8 marks an ongoing worldwide battle to ensure equal rights for half the globe's population on issues such as work, voting and abortion. AFP / Getty Images / Ramzi Haidar



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Eritrean Soad Ibrahim, right, carries a banner at a protest to demand that the Lebanese authorities protect foreign domestic women workers and that employers treat them as employees with rights during the International Women's Day in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, March 8. The wooden boards represent foreign domestic workers who died during their work in Lebanon. AP / Grace Kassab



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A Syrian woman works on the land at a farm in Arnaa, 25 miles southwest of Damascus, Syria, Sunday, March 8. International Women's Day is celebrated on the March 8, and is marked by women's groups around the world, calling for more legal rights and better recognition of the work carried out by women. AP / Ola al Rifai



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Turkish women chant slogans in Istanbul, Sunday, March 8, during a demonstration to mark the International Women's Day. AP / Ibrahim Usta



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Domestic workers stage a rally to mark the International Women's Day in Hong Kong on March 8. Hundreds of local and foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong marched to the Central Government Office to pressure the government for more financial support and better labour protection. AFP / Getty Images / Philippe Lopez



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Sara Azme Rasmussen symbolically sets fire to a hijab, a traditional garment in many Islamic countries and seen by many as oppressive, as International Womenís Day is observed in Oslo, Sunday March 8. AP / Cornelius Poppe



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Women activists participate in a rally on March 7 in central Rome on the eve of the International Woman's Day. Nearly 100 years old, International Women's Day tomorrow marks an ongoing worldwide battle to ensure equal rights for half the globe's population on issues such as work, voting and abortion. AFP / Getty Images / Tiziana Fabi



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A police special forces officer speaks with a street vendor selling flowers, the bestselling item of the Women's Day shopping , in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, Russia, Sunday, March 8. While some former Soviet republics have dropped International Women's Day on March 8 as a relic of the Communist era, it is still an official holiday in Russia, where men give flowers and gifts to female relatives, friends and colleagues.AP / Musa Sadulayev



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A woman attends an International Women's Day rally in Madrid on March 8. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre-Philippe Marcou



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A man carries a carnation at an International Women's Day rally in Madrid on March 8. AFP / Getty Images / Pierre-Phillipe Marcou



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Christian demonstrators walk through the old city of Lucerne on March 8 to protest against the current politic of the Vatican and ask for more tolerance for women within the catholic church. The washing machine has had a greater liberating role for women than the pill, the official Vatican daily said in an International Women's Day commentary today. AFP / Getty Images / Sebastian Derungs



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A girl shouts slogans during a Women's Day demonstration in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, March 8. Several thousand people marched through Warsaw demanding more rights for women. AP / Alik Keplicz



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