International Women's Day is marked across the globe each year on March 8 to demand equal rights and protest against gendered violence.
Hong Kong protests started on March 31 over an extradition bill show no signs of abating, despite promises by the chief executive to withdraw the bill. Meanwhile, China seems adamant not to give in to the protesters' demands.
The Chinese territory is in its fourth month of protests that started with opposition to a proposed extradition law and have expanded to include demands for greater democracy.
Yellow Vest protesters have clashed with security forces in French city of Nantes. A spokesman with the local prefecture says 21 people have been arrested.
Many protesters are frustrated that the international effort to help fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral has eclipsed the five-month-old Yellow Vest movement against wealth inequality.
Thousands of Costa Ricans kept up their fifth day of marches and wide public workers strike to protest a proposed fiscal reform, dealing their centre-left president his first major test since taking office in May.
Police detains 27 people in Paris after protest marches lead to violence.
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