International Women's Day 2018 in Pictures: Strikes and Protests Around the World

Demonstrators hold up a placard reading 'Who runs the world? Girls' in Madrid as Spain holds a one-day general strike in support of women's rights.Oscar del Pozo/AFP
Demonstrators attend a protest during a one-day strike to defend women's rights on International Women's Day in San Sebastian, northern Spain.Ander Gillenea/AFP

Across the world, women have marked International Women's Day 2018 by taking part in rallies calling for equality, respect and empowerment.

Spain ground to a halt as women staged a countrywide 24-hour strike. Huge protests were held in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and other major Spanish cities against the wage gap and gender violence. The walkouts aimed to highlight discrimination, harassment and violence against Spanish women.

Protests were also held in Britain, Turkey, Italy and more. Newsweek presents photos of International Women's Day raliies around the world. 

An Indian acid attack survivor has her make-up done backstage prior to a fashion show to mark International Women's Day in Thane on the outskirts of Mumbai.Danish Siddiqui
A protester holds a banner reading 'Fight Like A Girl' during a demonstration for women's rights on International Women's Day in Bilbao, Spain.Vincent West/Reuters
A woman holds a placard during an International Women's Day rally in Russell Square, London. Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
A woman holds a placard referring to the gender pay gap during a protest held in London on International Women's Day.Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
A young woman takes part in a march against violence as part of International Women's Day in Milan.Marco Berterello/AFP
Kurdish women gather in Diyarbakir, southwestern Turkey, during a demonstration held to mark International Women's Day.Ilyas Akengin/AFP
People hold signs and chant slogans as they take part in an International Women's Day march in Karachi, Pakistan.Akhtar Soomro/Reuters
A woman with a Venus symbol on her face attends a protest during a one-day strike held in Barcelona, Spain, on International Women's Day. Lluis Jean/AFP
Protesters form triangles with their hands during a demonstration in in Bilbao, Spain, on International Women's Day. Vincent West/Reuters
A woman in New Delhi, India, protests against sexual violence on the occasion of International Women's Day.Adnan Abidi/Reuters
Motorists drive past three billboards installed near police headquarters in Pristina, Kosovo. They refer to the murders of two women by their husbands in 2011 and 2015.Armend Nimani/AFP
Demonstrators on the Place de la Republique in Paris hold placards depicting famous women.Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP