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100th anniversary of International Women's Day

Events around the world mark the annual celebration of International Women's Day

100th anniversary of International Women's Day
Two Nepalese ethnic women wear traditional dress and jewellery during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Kathmandu on March 8, 2011. The International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women's Day takes place annually on March 8. This year marks the 100 years anniversary since its creation, with rallies and various functions sdcheduled to occur in the Nepalese capital in celebration. Hundreds of women, relatives of disappeared people have also staged a protest rally demanding the whereabouts of their loved onces. (AFP/Getty Images)
100th anniversary of International Women's Day
Fowzia Siddiqui, sister of Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui, chants anti-US slogans during a demonstration marking International Women's Day on March 8, 2011. Siddiqui was sentenced to 86 years in jail by a US court who found her guilty of the attempted murder of US military officers in Afghanistan in 2008. The first IWD was observed on 19 March 1908 in Germany following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America (AFP/Getty Images)
100th anniversary of International Women's Day
A girl participates in a march during Women's International Day on March 8, 2011, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia. The sign reads 'For the right of comprehensive health for women, clinic of women'. (AFP/Getty Images)
100th anniversary of International Women's Day
Indian Muslim schoolgirls perform 'Vovinam', the Vietnamese martial art at Saint Maaz High School in Hyderabad on March 8, 2011, on the occasion of the International Women's Day. Some 40 students encouraged by their parents and school officials are learning the art of self defence by using swords and sticks during school hours. (AFP/Getty Images)
100th anniversary of International Women's Day
Iraqis women dance in Baghdad on March 8, 2011 as they gather to mark the 100th International Women's Day. (AFP/Getty Images)
100th anniversary of International Women's Day
Women take part in a demonstration on the International Women's Day on March 8, 2011 in Abobo, a suburb of Abidjan, to condemn the killings of seven women during a rally on March 3. Protesters in the Women's Day demonstrations chanted slogans against Gbagbo, whose forces they say were responsible for the March 3 shootings, and showed support for Alassane Ouattara, the internationally-recognised vote winner. (AFP/Getty Images)
100th anniversary of International Women's Day
An activist takes part in a march to celebrate the International Women's Day on March 8, 2011 in San Salvador. (AFP/Getty Images)
100th anniversary of International Women's Day
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (2ndL) and France's Solidarities and Social Cohesion Minister Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin (L) take part in a meeting to mark the International Women's Day 100th year, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on March 8, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
100th anniversary of International Women's Day
Women activists in front of a banner that reads '8th every year' demonstrate in downtown Rome to mark the International Women's Day on March 8, 2011. The International Women's Day is celebrated annually on March 8, this year marks the centenial of its creation. (AFP/Getty Images)
100th anniversary of International Women's Day
Moroccan women attend a rally during the International Women's Day on March 8, 2011 in Rabat. The poster reads 'We dont'have the rights to our land'. A human rights group in Morocco on Tuesday called for the kingdom to make gender equality a constitutional right, as it marked International Women's Day. (AFP/Getty Images)
100th anniversary of International Women's Day
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a reception commemorating the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day and celebrating Women's History Month in the United States March 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. The event highlighted the importance of investing in young women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. (Getty Images)