Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Thursday predicted a future with more female politicians in her country, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded more opportunities for European women across all professions. Elsewhere in the world, nations celebrated International Women’s Day each in their own way.
Others marked International Women’s Day by pledging to improve women’s status. In Bangladesh, male celebrities, athletes and students vowed to fight the disfiguring and often deadly practice of attacking women with acid as a means of punishment.
A company in Mumbai, India, launched a taxi service for women with female drivers, and in Vietnam, men bought their wives and girlfriends bouquets, turning Thursday into the communist nation’s version of Valentine’s Day.
However, in Iran, women released after being detained for holding a peaceful gathering earlier in the week were warned Thursday not to attend a women’s day protest outside parliament. Women in the Islamic republic have been pushing for equal rights and the nullification of a law allowing men in Iran to have four wives.