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In Pictures: International Women’s Day marked around the world

This year’s theme is Balance For Better.

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Activists during a rally near the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines (Aaron Favila/AP)

Activists during a rally near the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines (Aaron Favila/AP)

Activists during a rally near the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines (Aaron Favila/AP)

Events are being held across the globe to mark International Women’s Day.

From concerts and conferences to fun runs and festivals – people were invited to celebrate the day with friends, family or colleagues.

The aim is to help forge a more gender-balanced world by raising awareness, celebrating achievements by women and to hold rallies for change.

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Activists protest to mark International Women’s Day near the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines (Aaron Favila/AP)

Activists protest to mark International Women’s Day near the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines (Aaron Favila/AP)

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Activists protest to mark International Women’s Day near the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines (Aaron Favila/AP)

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Women activists topple an effigy of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Campaigners are demanding equal rights (Aaron Favila/AP)

Women activists topple an effigy of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Campaigners are demanding equal rights (Aaron Favila/AP)

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Women activists topple an effigy of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Campaigners are demanding equal rights (Aaron Favila/AP)

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Flowers prepared for International Women’s Day in Pyongyang, North Korea (Dita Alangkara/AP)

Flowers prepared for International Women’s Day in Pyongyang, North Korea (Dita Alangkara/AP)

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Flowers prepared for International Women’s Day in Pyongyang, North Korea (Dita Alangkara/AP)

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The Tibetan Women’s Association invited ladies to pose for a photo in Dharmsala, India (Ashwini Bhatia/AP)

The Tibetan Women’s Association invited ladies to pose for a photo in Dharmsala, India (Ashwini Bhatia/AP)

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The Tibetan Women’s Association invited ladies to pose for a photo in Dharmsala, India (Ashwini Bhatia/AP)

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Women watch a street play on domestic violence before the start of a march to mark International Women’s Day in New Delhi, India (Manish Swarup/AP)

Women watch a street play on domestic violence before the start of a march to mark International Women’s Day in New Delhi, India (Manish Swarup/AP)

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Women watch a street play on domestic violence before the start of a march to mark International Women’s Day in New Delhi, India (Manish Swarup/AP)

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A rally to mark International Women’s Day in Seoul, South Korea (Lee Jin-man/AP)

A rally to mark International Women’s Day in Seoul, South Korea (Lee Jin-man/AP)

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A rally to mark International Women’s Day in Seoul, South Korea (Lee Jin-man/AP)

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An activist wears an umbrella during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia (Achmad Ibrahim/AP)

An activist wears an umbrella during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia (Achmad Ibrahim/AP)

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An activist wears an umbrella during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia (Achmad Ibrahim/AP)

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Hundreds of women marched in Nairobi to highlight domestic violence and discrimination in jobs and wages (Khalil Senosi/AP)

Hundreds of women marched in Nairobi to highlight domestic violence and discrimination in jobs and wages (Khalil Senosi/AP)

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Hundreds of women marched in Nairobi to highlight domestic violence and discrimination in jobs and wages (Khalil Senosi/AP)

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A woman wearing a headband with a sign that reads ‘enough’ takes part in a rally in Manila (Aaron Favila/AP)

A woman wearing a headband with a sign that reads ‘enough’ takes part in a rally in Manila (Aaron Favila/AP)

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A woman wearing a headband with a sign that reads ‘enough’ takes part in a rally in Manila (Aaron Favila/AP)

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French President Emmanuel Macron marked the day by presenting the Simone Veil prize to an activist who has worked against forced marriages (Thibault Camus/AP)

French President Emmanuel Macron marked the day by presenting the Simone Veil prize to an activist who has worked against forced marriages (Thibault Camus/AP)

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French President Emmanuel Macron marked the day by presenting the Simone Veil prize to an activist who has worked against forced marriages (Thibault Camus/AP)

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Artists draw graffiti on a wall of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to mark International Women’s Day in Kabul, Afghanistan (Rahmat Gul/AP)

Artists draw graffiti on a wall of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to mark International Women’s Day in Kabul, Afghanistan (Rahmat Gul/AP)

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Artists draw graffiti on a wall of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to mark International Women’s Day in Kabul, Afghanistan (Rahmat Gul/AP)


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