March 8 - International Women's Day
Today marked the occasion for millions of women around the world to celebrate what it means to be a strong, powerful and independent female member of society.
International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8, and is the global day for recognizing women all around the world. In many countries it is a national holiday.
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KANDAHAR, At a ceremony in Afghanistan Saturday, President Hamid Karzai told a crowd of hundreds of women that they should be free to pursue their education. He called on men and religious leaders to stop forcing young girls into marriage - especially to men several decades older - and to allow them an education.
In the Philippines, hundreds of female protesters marked the day with a rally to demand the resignation of President Gloria Arroyo over a corruption scandal. The women marched to the presidential palace in the capital, Manila Saturday, chanting anti-Arroyo slogans and burning an effigy of Ms. Arroyo.
Women also celebrated the day with ceremonies in Russia and Iraq.
PARIS (AFP) — Calls to end forced marriage, domestic abuse and job discrimination marked International Women's Day on Saturday as demonstrators took to the streets worldwide.
The issues highlighted crossed a wide spectrum, including abortion rights in Italy, violence against women in Iraq and women hostages in Colombia.
Nearly 100 years old, the day marks the worldwide struggle for equal rights for half the globe's population.
International Women's Day has been marked around the world with calls to end discrimination against women. In Europe thousands of women took to the streets and French President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed to introduce fines to combat pay inequality.
In the Iraqi capital Baghdad women protested against the ongoing violence. President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan spoke out against forced marriages.
Australia's Women's Minister Tanya Plibersek highlighted women's lack of financial independence. Philippine President Gloria Arroyo launched two programmes aimed at helping women start their own businesses.
Communist North Korea marked International women's by urging women to reject western fashions and raise their children as stalwart revolutionaries.
BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- People across China marked this year's International Women's Day in different ways.
In southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, more than 4,000 female job seekers swamped into a job fair especially organized for them by the local government. About one third of them were lucky enough to find jobs in that special day.
Real estate agents in the southwestern Chongqing Municipality were giving a "Women's Day promotion".
Advertisements on the streets read "Love her, buy her a house" in a day when female clients could purchase a house at a discount.
In the northeastern Jilin Province, nine policewomen were rewarded for their outstanding achievements and hard work in a local frontier inspection station.
"They have secured the boundary and deterred the stowaways," said Liu Haizhou, a senior official with the Changchun Frontier Inspection Station.
In northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, 38 women and two men swore in as volunteers to safeguard local women's rights. They would provide legal assistance for women in need.
The northwestern Harbin City has seen five blood donors giving their rare type of blood to a Russian patient.
"I am really glad to celebrate the special day in such a special way," said Tan Fang, a 33-year-old woman.
Israel marked International Women's Day on Saturday with music, drama and art exhibits held across the country.
The Jerusalem Bible Lands Museum was to celebrate the day with a concert on Saturday evening, featuring singer Hagit Goldberg presenting the unique styles of female jazz vocalists. These were to vary from Ella Fitzgerald's improvisation to Billie Holiday's powerful vocals.
Art galleries in Holon were to host special exhibits dedicated to women, while the 2008 Woman's festival was marked at Holon Theatre and other venues around the city, with events aimed at exploring a woman's need to claim her own closed, personal space.
One of the performances to be staged at Holon was "Creatures of the night," a show written by Anat Mor about three very tired new mothers during a long night relating how they experience motherhood.
Palestinian women also marked the day, holding small rallies in towns and villages in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.