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March 8, 2013
International Women's Day 2013

For over 100 years International Women's Day has been celebrated around the world and in 1977 the U.N. General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the U.N. Day for women's rights and world peace. This year the U.N. official theme for International Women's Day is, "A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women."

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Activists of All India Peace and Solidarity Organization (AIPSO) release a sky lantern on International Women's Day in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. AP / Mahesh Kumar A.
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An Indian woman walks with her child past a billboard during a candlelight vigil on the eve of International Women's Day in Chennai, India, Thursday, March 7, 2013. AP / Arun Sankar K.
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Young Indian men and women reflect the attitude of the society of closing their eyes to sexual abuse against women as they stage a street play against sexual abuse of women and ways to raise voice against it on International Women's Day, in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. AP / Saurabh Das
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Indian women attending a rally listen to speakers talking against sexual abuse and ways to raise their voice against it on International Women's Day, in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. AP / Saurabh Das
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A blind woman asks for alms on the staircase of the a railway station on International Women's Day in Bhubaneswar, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. AP / Biswaranjan Rout
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Women activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party shout slogans outside the venue of an event presided over by Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixshit to mark International Women's Day, in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. The activists were protesting against rising violence against women and quick trial of accused in relating crimes. AP / Manish Swarup
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Young Indian girls try to balance oil lamps on their foreheads on International Women's Day celebrations organized in a college in Mumbai, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. AP / Rajanish Kakade
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An Indian woman laborer pulls a cart past children at a bricks factory on International Women's Day on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Friday, March 8, 2013. AP / Channi Anand
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Pakistani women receive charity food for their families at the Bari Imam shrine in Islamabad, Pakistan on Friday, March 8, 2013. Rallies were held in different cities in accordance with International Women's Day, demanding freedom, equal rights and an end to discriminatory laws in this Muslim nation. AP / B.K. Bangash
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On International Women's day, a Kenyan woman crosses the railway track in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, March 8, 2013. AP / Jerome Delay
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Activists represent through a performance violence against women during a rally on International Women's Day in front of the Supreme Court at Guatemala City, Friday, March 8, 2013. AP / Moises Castillo
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A woman performs during an International Women's Day rally in Guatemala City, Friday, March 8, 2013. AP / Moises Castillo
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Filipino protesters clash with police as the protesters try to march closer to the US Embassy in Manila to commemorate International Women's Day Friday March 8, 2013 in the Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos commemorate Women's Day with calls to stop violence against women and children. AP / Bullit Marquez
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An Egyptian man holds a poster supporting Egyptian women during a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, March 8, 2013, marking International Women's Day. AP / Amr Nabil
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An image depicting a female North Korean soldier leading an artillery attack is projected on a large screen behind singers and the Unhasu Orchestra during a concert to mark International Women's Day in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Friday, March 8, 2013. The text at the top of the screen reads, "We are the General's female coastal artillery troops." AP / Jon Chol Jin
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Women shout slogans protesting violence against women during a march to commemorate International Women's Day in Asuncion, Paraguay, Friday, March 8, 2013. The poster reads in Spanish "Enough violence against women." AP / Jorge Saenz
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Women take part in a drumming session in downtown Johannesburg, Friday, March 8, 2013 to protest against violence against women and children. As the world marks International Women's Day, South Africans are locked in public soul-searching over the high level of murders and rapes perpetrated against women. AP / Denis Farrell
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A Yemeni woman holds a banner with Arabic that reads, "We are the women and girls of peace, if war faced us we will close it's door, with mind and wisdom, we solve its reasons." during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, March 8, 2013. AP / Hani Mohammed
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Turkish Kurdish women protest domestic violence against women, war and discrimination as they march to commemorate the International Women's Day in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, March 8, 2013. AP / Burhan Ozbilici

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