International Women's Day: Pride, Protests and Pressure

Women gather at a protest at Sol square on International Women's Day in Madrid on Thursday to speak out against gender violence and inequality

Rallies mark Intl. Women's Day around world

International Women's Day in Russian Federation is celebrated with flowers, gifts, champagne and a fancy meal.

Thousands of women are refusing to work, boycotting domestic tasks and occupying the streets around the world as part of a global strike on International Women's Day.

A year ago in Spain 49 women were killed by their partners or ex-partners, compared with 44 in 2016.

A strike was held in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday to mark International Women's Day.

Hundreds of Philippines women gathered today in the Miranda Square of this capital to march against violence, on the occasion of International Women " s Day.

Ana Reyes, a 37-year-old PR executive, said she was striking "in the hope that the importance of half of the population will be recognised and that it will bring about a real change".

In February, Duterte told soldiers to shoot female communist rebels in the genitals, in his latest remarks to be denounced by rights groups for encouraging violence against women.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of the world's most powerful women, said in a video message that the quest for greater gender equality in Germany and worldwide must continue. They handed out red and white roses to mothers, sisters and widows of people killed as part of Duterte's violent crackdown on the poor in the name of the "war on drugs".

US Close Consulate in Mexico Citing a 'Security Threat'
Samardzija said he went back to Playa del Carmen in January and he has "never felt unsafe" in the tourist destination. However, on Thursday, Mexican officials insisted that Playa del Carmen is safe despite the US security alert .

Several high-profile South Korean men have resigned from positions of power, including a governor who was a leading presidential contender before he was accused of repeatedly raping his female secretary.

The survey, conducted among more than 4,500 senior executives across 35 countries showed that 46.58 percent of Filipino women in business hold senior management roles.

In Uganda, where domestic violence is common and often goes unreported, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni urged men to stop abusing their wives.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "India is moving from women development to women-led development".

The women sang, danced, and chanted slogans as they marched to demand justice for victims of killings, housing for the poor, equal rights, among other issues.

The Belgian football federation, saying it did not want to be taken "hostage" by women's groups, refused Thursday to back down from its decision to choose a rapper known for lacing his songs with misogynistic lyrics to produce its official World Cup song. Many female radio presenters are also not working.

In Rome, the actress Asia Argento, who has received criticism in Italy for accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, was among the women who marched.

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