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Celebrating International Women's Day around the world

This week we celebrated women's rights, diversity and achievements - from Bangladesh to Zambia, Nigeria to Nepal.

Marching forwards in Zambia

Young people took the lead in celebrating International Women's Day. In Samfya, youth volunteers on the International Citizen Service programme held a big community action day, including a march...

VSO ICS volunteers in Zambia IWD 2017

...and peer educators engaged on VSO Zambia's TALK project held events aiming to improve women's sexual reproductive health and rights. The performed role plays and distributed contraceptives to packed crowds.

IWD VSO Zambia TALK project activities

Making some noise in Nigeria

VSO Nigeria youth volunteers on the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme in Asuku village held an awareness-raising event in the community...

International Women's Day VSO Nigeria

...and VSO Nigeria country director Lucia Balonwu took part in a live Q&A on Twitter organised by ICS volunteers.

VSO Nigeria staff and volunteers

Solidarity with women in Cambodia

International Women's Day in a public holiday in Cambodia. Male members of the staff team hosted a role play to brainstorm how men can be more active in promoting women's rights in the country.

VSO Cambodia staff on International Women's Day VSO/Guillaume Sauval

Bold for change in Bangladesh

Over a thousand people attended a community action day organised by youth volunteers in Dinjapur, Bangladesh.

ICS volunteers in Bangladesh on International Women's Day 2017 VSO

They performed a play highlighting gender inequality, there were talks from inspirational women, mixed gender cricket matches, and celebrations of strong women around the world.

VSO/Stephanie Müller

Raising awareness in Nepal

VSO Nepal staff and volunteers took part in a flash mob in Kathmandu to raise awareness of Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

VSO Nepal International women's day 2017 flash mob

What did you do to mark International Women's Day 2017? Why not let us know on our Facebook page.