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Friday, 8 March, 2002, 18:42 GMT
In pictures: Women's Day
Countries around the world are celebrating International Women's Day - the main theme being the plight of Afghan women.

Indian women celebrate IWD
Indian women from Rajasthan donned traditional dress for a celebration in Delhi

Hanoi flower seller
In Vietnam, where the holiday has become the equivalent of Valentine's day, flower vendors were kept busy

Congolese women mark IWD
In the Congolese town of Kindu women left their homes and work places to sing and dance in the streets

Women queuing at Romanian job centre
In Romania the announcement of 20,000 new jobs for women sparked huge queues at job centres

Laura Bush and Kofi Annan's wife Nane
At the UN headquarters in New York America's First Lady Laura Bush is to give a speech

Pakistani women mark IWD
In Pakistan elderly women took to the streets

Hamid Karzai (left) at International Women's Day in Kabul
In Kabul celebration were led by the interim leader Hamid Karzai

Chinese women practice for an event marking IWD
In Beijing last minute rehearsals were underway for a pageant to be held on Saturday

Women dressed as Gloria Arroyo
In the Philippines women protested about US troop presence

A woman sits with her children in Delhi
Human rights groups have been emphasising that most women remain in poverty


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Women's Day
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