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In pictures: International Women's Day
An Afghan man sweeps around a woman begging on the streets of Kabul
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An Afghan man sweeps around a woman begging on the streets of Kabul, in a scene symbolising the struggle for equality still faced by many women around the world.
Two Thai women wear banners in a parade near the Parliament House in Bangkok.
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The idea of an international women's day first arose towards the beginning of the last century. It is now an occasion marked by women's groups all around the world.
Queen Rania of Jordan, steps out of the plane at Beirut airport
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Queen Rania of Jordan was attending the Arab Woman Forum in Beirut. The forum heard calls for a legal framework enshrining equal rights for Arab women.
Women inmates sit outside their prison cells at the Langata womens prison in Nairobi.
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Women inmates sat outside their cells at the Langata prison in Nairobi. Many of those with children say they find it difficult to raise them while serving their sentences.
US civilian administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer had breakfast with a group of Iraqi women
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In Iraq, US civilian administrator Paul Bremer had breakfast with a group of women ahead of the signing of the new Iraqi interim constitution.
In Beijing, flowers were being distributed to female delegates at the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People.
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Flowers were being distributed to female delegates at the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
In the Philippines, women called for better opportunities and an end to harassment.
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A new report by the International Labour Office says women around the world still face higher unemployment rates and lower wages than men.
Women at this brick kiln in Multan, Pakistan, earn US$2 for 1,000 bricks
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Women at this brick kiln in Multan, Pakistan, earn US$2 for 1,000 bricks. Hundreds organised a rally in Multan to mark International Women's Day.
Women march in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka
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In the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, thousands of women from factories, NGOs and rights groups took part in a march across the city.
Afghan girls practice Tae Kwon Do at Kabul stadium.
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Girls practice Tae Kwon Do at Kabul stadium. Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged women to register to vote in the country's first democratic election, scheduled for June 2004.



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