Monday, March 8, 1999 Published at 21:45 GMT
World: South Asia
Net links women across the world
Russian women make the most of their holiday to go on a march
Women around the world are being brought together with a global video conference to mark International Women's Day.
In the video, which is being streamed live on the Internet by the UN, women discuss their experiences of rape, domestic assault, forced prostitution and harassment in the workplace.
The UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, said these and other forms of violence against women cut across religious and regional boundaries.
The video, A World Free of Violence Against Women, will link five cities: Strasbourg, Mexico City, Nairobi, Delhi, and New York.
It will give human rights activists, government representatives, academics, and ordinary women whose lives have been affected by violence a chance to talk directly to UN decision-makers.
Many of the women taking part have already used their personal experience of violence to change policies or inspire grass roots initiatives.
The UN Development Fund for Women, Unifem, has also been sponsoring a "virtual working group" for Internet-users, which will be fed into the video conference.
Taleban attack Women's Day
The Taleban Movement in Afghanistan is another focus of criticism on International Women's Day.
But the Taleban have responded by saying the marking of International Women's Day is a sign that the West has not given full rights to women, whereas in Afghanistan women are respected according to Islamic law.