Around the Globe, Women Rally for Equity

From Mexico to Mongolia, here are the most powerful photos from International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day is a worldwide call to action for equity. As a news organization with an all-women reporting team, we understand that equity goes beyond equality. It requires recognition that the fight for women’s rights is inherently intersectional, presenting unique systemic barriers for women from marginalized communities. In many nations around the world, these obstacles are compounded by significant cultural, legal and societal hurdles.

Compelled to veil their hair and bodies, women in Iran routinely face gender-based violence and wage a historic battle for their basic rights. In Mexico, violence against women and femicide rates continue to rise; each day, 10 women or girls are killed. Meanwhile, in the United States, women grapple with the loss of abortion protections and bodily autonomy.

These issues have been widely covered by international news outlets while equally pressing matters continue to be overlooked and underreported. Since 2006, Global Press Journal’s local women journalists have reported on the ground, sharing firsthand accounts of these issues from the communities directly affected. In Zimbabwe, teenage girls are subject to ongoing sexual exploitation, with 1 in 3 girls raped or sexually assaulted before the age of 18. In Mongolia, women activists are working to end the practice of virginity testing in schools. In Democratic Republic of Congo, gender discrimination has left many girls without even a basic education. And in Argentina, health care discrimination against trans women has resulted in a life expectancy of just 35-40 years old.

This week, as Global Press Journal celebrated 17 years of world-class international journalism, our local reporters covered International Women’s Day events across the globe, from the Voz de los Desaparecidos (Voice of the Disappeared) march in Puebla, Mexico, to a performance to raise awareness about digital sexual violence in Kathmandu, Nepal, and debates on critical women’s issues in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It’s a stark reminder that fighting for women’s equity isn’t just about advocating for change in our own communities; it’s about advocating for the freedom of all women, everywhere.

Here are some of the most powerful images our local women journalists captured as the world came together to celebrate International Women’s Day.

—Shanté Cosme, Chief Content Officer

Editorial Team

Reporters & Photographers
Adriana Alcázar González, Marissa Revilla, Lilette A. Contreras, Avigaí Silva, Patricia Zavala Gutiérrez, Mar García, Aline Suárez del Real, Lucila Pellettieri, Coraly Cruz Mejías, Anne-Myriam Bolivar, Jusly Felix, Françoise Mbuyi Mutombo, Zita Amwanga, Apophia Agiresaasi, Edna Namara, Nakisanze Segawa, Beatrice Lamwaka, Prudence Phiri, Odonchimeg Batsukh, Myagmarsuren Battur, Nansalmaa Oyunchimeg, Uranchimeg Tsogkhuu, Shilu Manandhar, Sunita Neupane, Amrita Jaisi, Ena Aguilar Peláez, Wyddiane Prophète, Yam Kumari Kandel, Maya Neupane, Noella Nyirabihogo
Managing Editor
Terry Aguayo
Taisa Sganzerla, Ndinda Kioko
Aída Carrazco, Ndahayo Sylvestre, Atheek Samsudeen, Nomin Byambatsogt, Anup Joshi, Enkhgerel Erdenechimeg, Sunil Pokhrel
Felicity Laughton, Mira Galanova
Copy Editor
Allison Braden
Graphics Editor & Illustrator
Matt Haney
Photo Editors
Juan Pablo Ampudia, Dominic Ronzo, Sia Choi
Design & Development
Andy Neale