Women protests against sexual harassment, discrimination, and inequality, highlight that "women's rights are human rights."
International Women's Day kicked off on Friday around the world and people are celebrating the day in unique and empowering ways.
Global campaigners are showcasing events to mark Women's Day on Friday with the slogan 'a balanced world is a better world' but in Spain the gender equality debate is sowing divisions that appear deep er than ever.
Loudly banging pots and pans, a few hundred women protesters gathered in Madrid in the early hours of Friday to mark the start of International Women's Day.
The women - some wearing purple bags and clothes, and holding banners that read "Sister I do believe you" - met at midnight in Puerta del Sol square in the heart of the Spanish capital, in one of the first protests in Europe to commemorate the day and call for more gender equality. Purple has in recent years been a signature colour of women's rights protesters.
Indonesian women marched in Banda Aceh against sexual harassment and to support women's rights. The United Nations says that women do 2.6 times more unpaid care and domestic work than men, with only 41 per cent of the world’s mothers with newborns receiving maternity benefits.
According to the UN's figures, 740 million women currently make their living in the informal economy with limited access to social protection, public services and infrastructure that could increase their productivity and income security.
A steady stream of customers arrived at Flower Shop No. 5 in a central Pyongyang square, paying 10,000 won (around $1.25 at market exchange rates) for bouquets of roses or carnations –- a traditional gift for mothers in the North.
Although the small orange shop looks indistinguishable from others of its kind, it has established a reputation in the capital for the variety and freshness of its blooms.
Most of the clientele were buying for their wives or mothers, but port official Nam Song Hak's carnations were destined for his university engineering tutor.
March 8 is an official holiday in Belarus, where men traditionally give flowers and gifts to female relatives, friends and colleagues. The UN's figures also suggest that one in three women are likely to face violence in their lifetimes, yet public services, urban planning and transport systems are rarely planned with women’s safety and mobility in mind.
Activists from Gabriela marched toward Malacanang palace to commemorate International Women's Day in Manila.
Hundreds of women held street plays and marched in the Indian capital highlighting domestic violence, sexual attacks and discrimination in jobs and wages against them.
Violent crime against women has been on the rise in India despite tough laws enacted by the government.
Civil rights activists held a protest against the the killing of Afzal Kohistani, a young rights campaigner, who fought for seven years for justice for five possible victims of "honour killings.
In Turkey, four female members of Turkey's gendarmerie units found an unusual way of marking the day: rappelling down from Istanbul's 15 July Martyrs' Bridge connecting the city's European and Asian sides and into the waters of the iconic Bosporus.
Women protested against gender-based violence in Kenya’s capital.
"We haven’t gotten to a stage where women are comfortable to come out and say, 'I was sexually abused'," said protester Esther Passaris.
"So what we need to do is slowly, slowly grow."
Yazidi women attended a ceremony at Lilash Temple in Shikhane to commemorate the death of women during Daesh rule.
The Yazidis are a religious sect whose beliefs combine elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions. Daesh considers them devil worshippers and its attacks on the group were condemned as a "genocide" by the United Nations.