Demonstrations and rallies are being held across several countries as the world celebrates International Women's Day with the theme #PressforProgress.

Women's right activists march on the street on the International Women's Day in Tbilisi, Georgia, March 8, 2018.
Women's right activists march on the street on the International Women's Day in Tbilisi, Georgia, March 8, 2018. ( Reuters )

Marches and demonstrations in Asia and other parts of the world are kicking off to mark the International Women's Day on Thursday. 

This year, women all around the world have been pushing for more rights and calling for change after being bolstered by the #MeToo movement which went viral in 2017.

The tradition to observe International Women's Day began in 1909 in New York. 

The aim was for women to have equal pay, which still remains an issue. 

The theme of this year's International Women's Day is #PressforProgress.

Events are planned across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to press for the progress of women.

An activist from the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body holds a prop that reads
An activist from the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body holds a prop that reads "Low Wages" during a protest urging the Immigration Department to review its accommodation and visa polices for foreign domestic helpers on International Women's Day in Hong Kong on March 8, 2018. ( AFP )
South Korean demonstrators hold banners during a rally to mark International Women's Day as part of the country's #MeToo movement in Seoul.
South Korean demonstrators hold banners during a rally to mark International Women's Day as part of the country's #MeToo movement in Seoul. ( AFP )
Women bang pots and pans during a protest at the start of a nationwide strike on International Women's Day at Puerta del Sol Square in Madrid, Spain.
Women bang pots and pans during a protest at the start of a nationwide strike on International Women's Day at Puerta del Sol Square in Madrid, Spain. ( Reuters )
A protester hangs gloves with messages while taking part in a strike for women's rights in Portugalete, Spain.
A protester hangs gloves with messages while taking part in a strike for women's rights in Portugalete, Spain. ( Reuters )
Acid attack survivors pose during a fashion show to mark International Women's Day in Thane on the outskirts of Mumbai, India.
Acid attack survivors pose during a fashion show to mark International Women's Day in Thane on the outskirts of Mumbai, India. ( Reuters )
Women band members of Armed Police Force (APF) take part during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Women band members of Armed Police Force (APF) take part during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Kathmandu, Nepal. ( Reuters )
Pakistani driver Maryam with the women-only Paxi taxi company looks on in a mirror in her Pink Taxi during a launching ceremony in Islamabad on International Women's Day.
Pakistani driver Maryam with the women-only Paxi taxi company looks on in a mirror in her Pink Taxi during a launching ceremony in Islamabad on International Women's Day. ( AFP )
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