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Countries around the world mobilized Thursday for International Women’s Day, with Spaniards on an unprecedented strike, France threatening to “name and shame” firms that pay women less than men, and Iraqi women running a shortened “marathon.”

The #MeToo and #TimeUp campaigns that went global with allegations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood galvanized this year’s celebrations amid surging demand from women for respect and equality.

Hundreds of trains were canceled in Spain over the work stoppage, and countless protests in defense of women’s rights were held across the country.

Ten unions demanded gender equality as the 24-hour strike sought to emulate Iceland’s 1975 work stoppage, when women took a day off to demonstrate their vital contribution to the economy and society. (AFP)

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Students take part in a rally, demonstrating against gender violence and calling for gender parity on March 8, 2018, in Milan, Italy. (Photo: Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)


A Bangladeshi woman holding a placard takes part in a rally to mark International Women’s Day in Dhaka on March 8, 2018. Thousands of Bangladeshi women, nongovernmental organizations, and rights groups activists took to the streets, demanding safer lives for women in the country as well as an improvement in their social conditions. (Photo: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)


Activists participate in a march to call for an end to violence against women during International Women’s Day in San Salvador, El Salvador, March 8, 2018. (Photo: Jose Cabezas/Reuters)


Women march during a demonstration called by feminist associations to mark International Women’s Day, in Paris on March 8, 2018. Statistics show that at the same age and equivalent job, there is a 9 percent gap between the wages of men and women in France.<br /> (Photo: Thibault Camus/AP)


Iraqi women take part in a symbolic 900-metre “marathon” to mark Women’s Day in the former embattled city of Mosul on March 8, 2018, eight months after Iraqi forces retook the northern Iraqi city from Islamic State jihadists. (Photo: Ahmad Muwafaq/AFP/Getty Images)


Women making noise with pots and pans call for a women’s strike and demand equality as the International Women’s Day started in Madrid, Spain, on March 8, 2018. (Photo: Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images)


Female workers supporting the #MeToo movement and wearing black attend a rally to mark International Women’s Day in Seoul, South Korea, on March 8, 2018. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP)


Protesters shout slogans during a rally to mark International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018, in Manila, Philippines. Hundreds of women activists in pink and purple shirts protested against President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines on Thursday, as marches and demonstrations in Asia kicked off International Women’s Day. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP)


Demonstrators attend a protest at the Puerta del Sol square during a one-day strike to defend women’s rights on International Women’s Day in Madrid on March 8, 2018. Spain celebrated International Women’s Day today with an unprecedented general strike in defense of women’s rights that saw hundreds of train journeys canceled and countless protests scheduled throughout the day. (Photo: Oscar Del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images)


An assembly factory employee takes part in a self-defense class with a policewoman as part of a police program to mark International Women’s Day in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, March 7, 2018. (Photo: Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters)


People attend a women’s rights rally in central London, Britain. March 8, 2018. (Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters)


A woman wears panties as a mask during a demonstration on International Women’s Day in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 8, 2018. (Photo: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters)


Land activists from the Boeung Chhuk community release balloons to mark International Women’s Day on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, March 8, 2018. The community took part in the International Women’s Day celebration, which coincided with the 10th anniversary of their forced eviction. (Photo: Heng Sinith/AP)


In Honor of International Women’s Day, Catalyst shines a light on workplaces that work for women, on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in New York. (Photo: Catalyst Skyline Takeover/Invision for Catalyst Skyline Takeover/AP)


Santcha Etienne joins other women on International Women’s Day in front of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office to ask for fair treatment and dignity for women who are called to the office for immigration interviews. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Women run during an event marking International Women’s Day in Old Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, March 8, 2018. (Photo: Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters)


Demonstrators hold banners and shout slogans during a rally to mark International Women’s Day in Ankara, Turkey, March 8, 2018. (Photo: Umit Bektas/Reuters)


The powerful message “Maintenant On Agit” (“Now We Act”) is projected on the Eiffel Tower on the eve of International Women’s Day to honor women’s rights and promote the French equivalent of the #TimesUp movement in Paris, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Launched by the Foundation of Women, the movement aims to raise funds for associations helping women pursue cases in court “so that no woman ever again has to say #MeToo.” (Photo: Francois Mori/AP)


Nepalese police women march during a rally to mark international women’s day in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, March 8, 2018. International Women’s Day is marked on March 8 every year. (Photo: Niranjan Shrestha/AP)


A woman holds balloons and a poster to mark International Women’s Day in central Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, March 8, 2018. (Photo: Efrem Lukatsky/AP)


Indian women shout slogans during a march to observe International Women’s Day in New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 8, 2018. Hundreds of women held street plays and marched in the Indian capital, highlighting domestic violence, sexual attacks, and discrimination in jobs and wages. Violent crime against women has been on the rise in India despite tough laws enacted by the government. (Photo: Manish Swarup/AP)


Acid attack survivor Sana Naz poses for a photo during a gathering at an NGO office ahead of International Women’s Day in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (Photo: Shakil Adil/AP)


Bangladeshi women hold placards during a rally to mark the International Women’s Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, March 8, 2018. (Photo: A.M. Ahad/AP)


Demonstrators protest male violence against women and demand equality in labor opportunities as one holds a small banner reading ”Anonymous Woman” during the general women’s strike to commemorate International Women’s Day, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Thursday, March 8, 2018. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)


Refugee women hold banners during a rally for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018 in Athens, Greece. (Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)


Bangladeshi women wearing masks take part in a rally to mark International Women’s Day in Dhaka on March 8, 2018. Thousands of Bangladeshi women, nongovernmental organizations, and rights groups activists took to the streets demanding safer lives for women in the country as well as an improvement in their social conditions. (Photo: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)


A woman touches a memorial plate as she participates in a protest in commemoration of women murdered in El Salvador as part of the celebration of International Women’s Day in San Salvador on March 8, 2018. (Photo: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)


Women demonstrate in defense of gender and human rights in Praca Camoes during International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018, in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo: Horacio Villalobos/Corbis/Getty Images)


Women hold their children as they take part in a rally to mark International Women’s Day in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 8, 2018. (Photo: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters)


Young women take part in the Women’s March against Violence as part of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018, in Milan, Italy. (Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images)


Demonstrators attend a protest during a one-day strike to defend women’s rights on International Women’s Day in Barcelona on March 8, 2018. (Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)


Messages are projected onto the Houses of Parliament to mark the start of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018, in London, England. (Photo: Nicky J Sims/Getty Images for GladLife Ltd)


Members of Kenya Girl Guides take photos after attending ceremony of the International Women’s Day at Kawangware in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 8, 2018.(Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)


An activist from the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body holds a sign that reads “Low Wages” during a protest urging the Immigration Department to review its accommodation and visa polices for foreign domestic helpers on International Women’s Day in Hong Kong on March 8, 2018. (Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)


Hindu nuns shout slogans during a rally to mark International Women’s Day in Kolkata, India, March 8, 2018. (Photo: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)


Salvadoran women holding candles participate in a protest in commemoration of women murdered in El Salvador, as part of the celebration of International Women’s Day in San Salvador on March 8, 2018. (Photo: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)


Feminists take part in a rally for gender equality and against violence toward women to mark the International Women’s Day in Pristina on March 8, 2017. (Photo: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)


Female members of a police commando unit march during a ceremony on International Women’s Day at the police headquarters in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 8, 2018. (Photo: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters)


A young woman wearing a T-shirt reading “Pussy Power” takes part in a rally, demonstrating against gender violence and calling for gender parity on March 8, 2018, in Milan, Italy. (Photo: Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)


A woman performs taekwondo during the ceremony of the International Women’s Day at Kawangware in Nairobi on March 8, 2018. (Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)