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Marches kick off across world ahead of International Women's Day

Monday, March 06, 2017 - 01:42

Women have started marking International Women's Day with marches in cities across the world, to highlight issues from equal pay to access to abortion. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Thousands of women are marching in London, one of several cities gearing up for International Women's Day on Wednesday. Led by activist and singer Annie Lennox and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, marchers demanded equal pay, gender equality and an end to violence against women. Human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger took a shot at U.S. President Donald Trump (SOUNDBITE) (English) HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER BIANCA JAGGER, SAYING: "And I am calling as well for us to think about what we are facing with a president in the U.S. who wants to belittle women, who wants to reduce our rights, who wants to diminish us - and that we should stand up." In Poland, women and men drummed their way through the capital Warsaw, focusing on reproductive rights. Poland only allows abortion in cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother's health, but the Catholic Church wants a total ban. And the conservative Law and Justice Party plans to tighten those limits even further... alarming protesters. (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) PROTESTER, JOANNA, SAYING: "Our government tries to implement various laws that strip away our rights to give birth humanely, to have access to the health service independently of the Church." In Turkey, women took to the streets of Istanbul to protest against domestic violence. They also used the opportunity to campaign against an upcoming referendum that could give President Tayyip Erdogan more powers. In Sanliurfa, scuffles broke out when riot police told organizers they did not have permission to demonstrate. 23 protesters were detained.

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Marches kick off across world ahead of International Women's Day

Monday, March 06, 2017 - 01:42