March 8 - Women around the world are raising their voices on International Women's Day, calling for freedom and equality. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Women around the world are raising their voices. It's International Women's Day, and they want to be heard. As a convoy of Russian military vehicles drive through Crimea, Ukrainians chant "No to war." These women want to live in peace. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) WOMAN PROTESTER (NAME UNKNOWN) SAYING: "Get him (Putin) to withdraw the troops from here. What do we need him here for? We used to have a good life here, what do we need him for?" Tears of sadness in Kiev, as women honor Maidan victims. This year's theme of "inspiring change" encourages advocacy for women's advancement everywhere, in every way. Thousands of women across Pakistan continue to toil away at tedious, difficult jobs. Raising their children in a country that has a long way to go in terms of equality. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) HOME-BASED NEEDLEPOINT ARTISAN, YASMIN DILDAR, SAYING: "But what can we do? We do not have the resources. All we can do is to console our children, the way we have been consoling ourselves all our life. Half our life is gone, the other half will also pass." Malala Yousafzai - a champion of women's right to education in Pakistan - spoke at the "We Day UK" event at Wembley Arena in London. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION ACTIVIST, MALALA YOUSAFZAI, SAYING: "We all are special. We have some talent." She joined a slew of other guests like Prince Harry, Richard Branson and Jennifer Hudson. In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai spoke out - calling for the elimination of violence against women in the country. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) AFGHAN PRESIDENT, HAMID KARZAI, SAYING: "We want a full elimination of violence against women in Afghanistan and Afghan men should increase their bravery in this regard." While in Syria, women rally for peace in their war-torn country - which has left more than 150,000 dead and displaced thousands - mostly women and children. International Women's Day was started in the early 1900's - to recognize and inspire the achievements of women.