International Women’s Day 2021: History, marches and celebrations – March 8. 2021 – BBC News

Four indigenous women raise their hands as they call for gender equality during a protest in Brasilia on International Women's Day, on March 8, 2020.
PHOTO:  Women called for gender equality during this protest in Brasilia on International Women’s Day in 2020

You might have seen International Women’s Day mentioned in the media or heard friends talking about it.

But what is it for? When is it? Is it a celebration or a protest? Is there an equivalent International Men’s Day? And what virtual events will take place this year?

For more than a century people around the world have been marking 8 March as a special day for women.

Read on to find out why.

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