Women from around the world have turned out to demand more - and equal - rights on International Women's Day.
Across Gaza and the West Bank, Palestinian women gathered for small, local rallies like this one in Gaza City.
There were rallies in Turkish towns and cities too. Here women in Istanbul make their presence felt.
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy was joined by his new wife Carla Bruni as he hosted a lunch for "Exceptional Women" at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
UK PM Gordon Brown also marked the event with a lunch, hosted by him and his wife Sarah. Joining them were 40 of the world's most successful business women.
In Jilin province, China, the day was marked with a belly dancing competition.
In Bern, in Switzerland, protesters used the day to highlight the serious issue of the trafficking of women.
In the Philippines capital, political undertones surfaced as demonstrators urged the president to go.
In Taiwan, Chen Tao, who was allegedly forced into prostitution by the Japanese military during World War II joined an opposition rally.
These Afghan girls marked the day in the restive province of Kandahar.
In the Kurdish north of Iraq there were colourful scenes as women turned out to demand more respect.