Females celebrated globally for International Women's Day

Published: Mar. 8, 2019 at 1:28 PM EST
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Celebrations, protests, rallies, and even feats of daring continue around the world Friday as part of International Women's Day.

In Moscow, several public spaces across the country were adorned with flowers and congratulatory expressions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an annual address, underscored women's contribution to the development of Russian society throughout its history.

The former Soviet Union credits itself to be among the first nations to fully emancipate women following the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

To Paris, where amnesty international activists called for the release of three Saudi women they say are being unjustly detained.

Activists held signs asking Parisian drivers to honk their horns in front of the Saudi Embassy in the French capital.

The three Saudis were activists who were jailed in may 2018 for driving in Riyadh by themselves--just one month before women were granted permission to drive.

The United Nations has called for their release--but the three are still awaiting trial.

In Madrid, women of all ages joined rode bikes to protest patriarchy and gender-violence, in the first of a series of feminist acts planned across the country on the second feminist strike in Spain's history.

Dressed in purple or black and wearing colorful wigs, they took to the city's main roads chanting feminist slogans like "if we stop, the world stops."

To India's capital of New Dehli where women have taken up arm wrestling to carve a niche for themselves in the sport considered by many to be manly.

The 'Royal Sports Club' plays host to a more than half a dozen women train with weights and pulleys to master the sport that requires competitors to force an opponent's wrist to the table, either through a split-second push or minutes of grinding technique.

Many women in the club feel that arm wrestling has instilled confidence in them to take on any challenge while also making them stronger.

In turkey, four female police officers rappelled hundreds of feet from Istanbul's "July 15 Martyrs" Bridge and into the waters of the Bosporus to mark the day.

The women descended some 210 feet from the main deck of the bridge that connects the city's European and Asian sides. They then jumped into waiting boats.

In 2016, Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim renamed the former Bosporus bridge in honor of civilians who died resisting Turkey's coup attempt July 15th of that year.

Finally--to the Vatican where Pope Francis marked Women's Day by hailing the "irreplaceable contribution of women" to fostering peace.

He made the comments Friday in a meeting with the American Jewish Committee.

Francis said "women make the world beautiful, they protect it and keep it alive."