Most powerful photos as world marks International Women’s Day

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A Filipino woman covers her face with a cloth as she joins a flash mob to occupy a street in Manila, Philippines. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
  • Events are taking place around the globe on Sunday to mark International Women’s Day 2020.
  • While some celebrations have been impacted by the spread of coronavirus, women around the world are still protesting, parading, and partying.
  • Here are some of the best and most powerful photos from the day so far.
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A woman wears an embroidered face mask at a rally in Santiago, Chile.

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Protestors demand gender equality in demonstrations outside of Mexico City.

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Marchers in London hold signs with messages of gender equality at a “March 4 Women” parade.

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A woman holds a placard during a protest against women’s inequality and sexual violence in Nepal, where International Women’s Day is an official holiday for women.

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People gather in Santander, Spain, holding colourful signs and a banner reading “Feminista.”

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Groups of people display feminist hand symbols at a parade in Madrid, Spain.

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A participant in Rio de Janeiro holds a sign showing the late Marielle Franco, a Brazilian politician and feminist rights activist.

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Source: The New York Times


A man wears a mask with a hand-drawn pair of lips during a Women’s March in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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A woman in a gas mask at a protest in Paris holds a placard that reads: “Patriarchy-virus. We are the antidote.”

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Women in Belarus, Minsk take part in a “Beauty Run” race.

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A young girl holds a rose during an event marking International Women’s Day in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Bangladeshi disabled women playing basketball during a match in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka on Sunday.

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A member of the United Russia Young Guard holds a placard reading “You’re the World’s 8th Wonder” during a march to mark International Women’s Day.

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Indonesian people participate in a colourful march in Jakarta on Sunday.

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A man wearing a protective suit carries flowers for female students of the Mechnikov North-Western State Medical University in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The students are under quarantine at the dormitory as part of precautions against the spread of coronavirus after an Italian exchange student who returned to Russia tested positive for the virus.

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Femen activists demonstrate at Place de la Concorde in Paris to call for gender equality.

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A Filipino woman covers her face with a cloth as she joins a flash mob to occupy a street in Manila, Philippines.

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Women Asylum Seekers, waiting at Turkey’s Pazarkule border crossing to reach Europe, stage a demonstration at the buffer zone demanding to open the gate during International Women’s Day.

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Kyrgyz law enforcement officers detain a women’s rights activist during a rally in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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Flowers are presented to participants of a 400m race held on Moscow’s Pushkinskaya Embankment to mark International Women’s Day.

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Filipino women exchange flowers during a protest in Manila, Philippines.

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Women bang pots and pans while protesting in Sol Square, Madrid to mark the start of International Women’s Day.

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