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60 Stunning Photos Of Women Protesting Around The World

Never underestimate the power of a woman or 100.


03/07/2016 09:17 am ET | Updated Mar 08, 2016
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Emma Gray
Executive Womens Editor, The Huffington Post
Damon Dahlen
Staff Photographer/Photo Editor, The Huffington Post
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A force to be reckoned with.
We live in a world where women are still underrepresented in electoral politics,
which means we have to fight twice as hard for our voices to be heard.
According to U.N. Women, just 22 percent of parliamentarians around the world ar
e women. As of this past August, 21 women served as the Head of State or Head of
Government of their respective countries, and as of January 2015, just 17 perce
nt of government ministers were women.
However, when it comes to grassroots political movements, women are there, makin
g sure they are seen and heard. From American women gathering in Washington, DC
to protest police brutality to Pakistani women flooding the streets to speak out
against oppressive security crackdowns, these women are a force to be reckoned
with.
In honor of International Womens Day on March 8th, weve rounded up gorgeous, emoti
onal and powerful photos of women organizing and protesting all over the world f
rom the last 25 years. Below are 60 images that show just how formidable a woman
with convictions can be:
1 Turkey, 2013
OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
An anti government protester flashes a victory sign during the clashes between p
rotesters and riot police on Taksim square in Istanbul on June 22, 2013. Turkish
police used water cannon today to disperse thousands of demonstrators who had g
athered anew in Istanbuls Taksim Square, calling for the resignation of Prime Min
ister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2 France, 2015
PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Policemen detain a topless Femen activist after she jumped in front of the car c
arrying former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (not seen) upon his arrival for
his trial in Lille, northern France, on February 10, 2015. Three topless women f
rom the protest group Femen jumped on the car of Dominique Strauss-Kahn as the f
ormer IMF chief arrived to testify at his trial for aggravated pimping. With sloga
ns scrawled on their half-naked bodies and hurling insults at the car, the three
protesters were quickly rounded up by police as the car entered an underground
parking area.
3 Macedonia, 2015
ARMEND NIMANI/AFP/Getty Images
Migrants protest behind a fence against restrictions limiting passage at the Gre
ek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija, on December 1, 2015. Since last week, Mace
donia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afgh
ans who are considered war refugees. All other nationalities are deemed economic
migrants and told to turn back. Macedonia on November 29 finished building a fe
nce on its frontier with Greece becoming the latest country in Europe to build a
border barrier aimed at checking the flow of migrants.
4 India, 2007

Rafiq Maqbool/AP
Kashmiri women shout anti-Indian slogans during a protest demonstration against
the arrest of a girl by paramilitary soldiers during a raid in Maloora, in the o
utskirts of Srinagar, India, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007. Paramilitary soldiers fired
tear gas to disperse hundreds of angry protesters demonstrating against the arr
est.
5 United States, 2014
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
A woman listens to a rally with her mouth taped shut during the Justice For All ma
rch December 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. Thousands of people descended on Washin
gton to demand justice Saturday for black men who have died at the hands of whit
e police, the latest in weeks of demonstrations across the United States.
6 France, 2015
THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images
Topless Femen activists perform the Nazi salute near flags reading Heil Le Pen as
they demonstrate on a balcony against Frances far-right Front National (FN) polit
ical party during an FN rally in honour of Jeanne dArc (Joan of Arc) taking place
just below in Paris on May 1, 2015.
7 Honduras, 2009
Jose CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images
Supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya march in protest against t
he military coup, in Tegucigalpa on July 2, 2009. Coup leaders in Honduras vowed
that ousted President Manuel Zelaya will never return to power despite mounting i
nternational pressure and an ultimatum by the Organization of American States.
8 South Korea, 2015
Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
A woman sits in front of riot police blocking the road to protect protesters dur
ing the anti-government protest on April 24, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. Korean
Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) went on a general strike in protest against
the South Korean governments policy, including reformation of the labor market a
nd public pension system. The rally was also joined by other civic groups in Seo
ul and families of Sewol accident victims.
9 India, 2013
Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times/Getty Images
BJP Mahila Morcha protest outside Delhi Chief Minister residence against failure
of Delhi Government on October 8, 2013 in New Delhi, India. Assembly elections
will be held in the national capital Dec 4 with over 11.5 million voters eligibl
e to cast their ballots in 70 constituencies.
10 United Kingdom, early 2000s
PYMCA/UIG/Getty Images
Two punk girls, cheering, Reclaim the Streets, demo, UK 2000s.
11 China, 2009
PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images
Ethnic Uygur women grab a riot policemen as they protest in Urumqi in Chinas far
west Xinjiang province on July 7, 2009. Police fired clouds of acrid tear gas to
disperse thousands of Han Chinese protesters armed with makeshift weapons, as c
haos gripped this flashpoint city riven by ethnic tensions. Thousands of heavily
armed police deployed across Urumqi, the capital of Chinas remote northwest Xinj
iang region, but tensions spiked dramatically following weekend rioting that cla
imed at least 156 lives.
12 United Kingdom, 2012

JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/GettyImages
Women bearing provocative words on their bodies take part in a slut walk in London
on September 22, 2012 to protest against the police and courts denial of justice
for rape victims.
13 United States, 2015
Marc Piscotty/Getty Images
Protesters including Sherry Weston of Denver, Colorado demonstrate outside of Bi
ll Cosbys comedy show on January 17, 2015 at the Buell Theater in Denver, Colorad
o. Cosby has been facing allegations by numerous women who claim the comedian dr
ugged and sexually assaulted them.
14 Pakistan, 2010
ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images
Pakistani protesters from Lyari, an impoverished neighbourhood of the city, shou
t anti-government slogans to protest against an operation led by security agenci
es in their areas in Karachi on January 11, 2010. Thousands of people poured int
o the streets of Pakistans financial capital Karachi on January 11 to protest sec
urity crackdowns following the deaths of dozens of people in a wave of political
violence. Security officials say up to 48 political party workers have been kil
led in Karachi beginning January 7, when the headless body of a worker from the
citys main political party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was discovered.
15 Brazil, 2007
Ricardo Moraes/AP
A police officer aims a machine gun at a woman as people protest beside a body k
illed during a shootout involving police and suspected drug traffickers at the C
omplexo de Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007. The violence c
omes just before the citys Carnival celebrations next Feb 18 and Feb 19. Rio is o
ne of the most violent cities in the world with an annual homicide rate of about
50 per 100,000.
16 Brazil, 1992
ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images
Women call for the impeachment of Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Mello d
uring an anti-Collor student demonstration in the suburb of Taquatinga, Brazil 2
0 km from Brasilia 25 August. A congressional report released 24 August 1992 cha
rged Collor with widespread corruption.
17 India, 2015
Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images
Kashmiri Muslim women shout anti Indian and pro Kashmir freedom slogans as they
mourn during the funeral of Bilal Ahmad Bhat, 23, a civilian who was allegedly s
hot dead by Indian paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) on August 12, 2015 i
n Larkipur, 35 km (21 miles) south of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian adm
inistered Kashmir, India. Hundreds of Kashmiris participated in the funeral of B
hat who was killed by the Indian paramilitary BSF after they allegedly opened fi
re on the protestors who were protesting against the killing of two Lashkar-e-Ta
iba (Army of the Righteous), one of the largest and most active militant organiz
ation operating in Indian administered Kashmir, militants in an gun battle in Ra
kh-e-Lajura village of south Kashmir district on 11 August 2015.
18 Spain, 2009
DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images
Women display placards during a demonstration to mark the International Day for
the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Madrid on November 25, 2009.
19 Democratic Republic of Congo, 2006
LIONEL HEALING/AFP/Getty Images
A policeman kicks a woman during a demonstration with a group of the main opposi

tion Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) demonstrators, 30 June 2006,
in Kinshasa. A major dialogue involving the political elite of the Democratic R
epublic of Congo (DRC) from the president down was set to open Friday to ensure
a smooth run-up to the countrys first democratic elections in 45 years.
20 Afghanistan, 2015
WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images
Afghan demonstrators shout slogans during a rally in front of the Supreme Court
in Kabul on March 24, 2015, held to protest the killing of Afghan resident Farkh
unda. More than a thousand people protested in the Afghan capital to call for ju
stice after a woman was brutally killed by a mob who falsely accused her of burn
ing a copy of the Koran. The woman, 27 year-old Farkhunda, was beaten with stick
s and stones and thrown from a roof before being run over by a car outside a mos
que in Kabul on March 19. The mob then set her body ablaze and dumped it in Kabu
l river, while police allegedly looked on.
21 Democratic Republic of Congo, 2012
ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/GettyImages
Female members of associations against violence towards women in the east of the
Democratic Republic of Congo hold up leaflets to protest against ongoing violen
ce during the opening of the Francophonie summit in Kinshasa on October 13, 2012
. Frances President Francois Hollande stressed human rights and the need to end t
he conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as leaders of French-speakin
g nations met for a summit today.
22 France, 2016
Zacharie Scheurer/AP
A Femen activist, Sarah Constantin, is hanged from a noose-like rope from a Pari
s bridge to call attention to the large number of executions in Iran as she stag
es a protest against visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Paris, Thursda
y, Jan. 28, 2016. A near-naked woman hanging from a noose-like rope from a Paris
bridge has sent a message to visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
23 Ivory Coast, 2011
Rebecca Blackwell/AP
Women pray as they face off against soldiers in an unauthorized protest calling
for Laurent Gbagbo to step down, in the Treichville neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivo
ry Coast, Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. Within minutes of the end of prayers, soldiers
began firing to disperse the protestors. In a dramatic escalation of the nations
conflict, Belarus has violated an international arms embargo by sending three at
tack helicopters to military forces supporting Ivory Coasts longtime ruler who re
fuses to cede power, alleged a Sunday statement issued by the office of United N
ations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
24 United States, 1991
Porter Gifford/Liaison/Getty Images
Women protest at the National Organization for Women Pro-Choice rally June 15, 1
991 in New York City. In 1967 NOW became the first national organization to call
for the legalization of abortion and for the repeal of all anti-abortion laws a
nd has been fighting for full reproductive rights for all women, including poor
women and young women.
25 Mexico, 2005
JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Naked women, from the 400 People Movement, protest at the entrance of the Presiden
tial residence of Los Pinos in Mexico City, against the expropriation of their l
ands by federal deputies,16 May 2005.
26 United States, 2000
Miami Herald/Getty Images

A Woman Demonstrating On Behalf Of Elian Gonzalez Remaining In The United States


Is Hoisted Into The Air April 13, 2000 By Fellow Supporters Of Elian, Outside T
he Little Havana, Miami Home Where Gonzalez Is Staying.
27 India, 2010
Yawar Nazir/Getty Images
Kashmiri women shout anti Indian slogans during the funeral of Mehraj-u-Din Lone
after he was killed by Indian police during a demonstration on August 3, 2010 i
n Srinagar the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. Four people
were killed on Tuesday when government troops fired bullets and tear gas into t
housands of anti-India protesters during a demonstration by Kashmiris against th
e Indian rule in Kashmir.
28 India, 2010
Nagesh Ohal/India Today Group/Getty Images
Semi-nude Indian Devadasi women shout anti-government slogans during a protest i
n Mumbai on August 15, 2010. The protest was to demand Indian Rupees 2000 (about
USD 43) per month as a pension for life after their retirement. Devadasi is a H
indu religious practice in which girls are married and dedicated to a deity or t
emple.
29 Thailand, 2008
Yvan Cohen/LightRocket/Getty Images
Student supporters of the Peoples Alliance for Democracy (PAD) marching through t
he streets of Bangkok towards Democracy Monument. The PAD, which opposes Thailan
ds elected government under Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, has sought to widen
its appeal to younger sections of the population. The movement originally sprang
up in opposition to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was finally ou
sted by a military coup in September 2006. PAD activists, thousands of whom are
occupying government house, argue that the government of Mr. Samak is a front fo
r Thaksin and represents a corrupt political tradition that must be removed. Vio
lent clashes between PAD and pro-government supporters resulting in a death prom
pted the government to declare a state of emergence in the Thai capital Bangkok.
30 Australia, 2015
Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images
A woman is removed by police from the Martin Place stage after storming the area
to speak out against Reclaim Australia protesters on April 4, 2015 in Sydney, Aus
tralia. Reclaim Australia grassroots rallies are being held across Australia to pr
otest the alleged Islamisation of Australia.
31 Bolivia, 2015
JORGE BERNAL/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Mujeres Creando (Women Creating) activist women group dressed as
nuns who were protesting against the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Bolivia,
are taken away by police in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral in La Paz, on Ju
ly 6, 2015. Pope Francis, in South America on a three-nation tour, will perform
mass in Ecuador Monday, with more than a million faithful many of whom camped ou
t overnight expected to attend.
32 Ivory Coast, 2008
ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images
Women protest against growing cost of daily living conditions on March 31, 2008
in Yopougon, neighborhood of Abidjan. Police used tear gas to disperse the sever
al hundred people, mainly women, protesting.
33 Venezuela, 2015
JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
The wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, Lilian Tintori (
C) and relatives of political prisoners pose inside a mock prison cell during a

protest in Caracas on December 14, 2015. The Venezuelan opposition defined this
Friday The Roadmap will continue absolute control of the future Parliament , foc
used on the release of their imprisoned leaders and economic reform , but Presid
ent Nicolas Maduro rejected them in advance to rule out a reconciliation .
34 India, 1996
TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images
Muslim women in purdah opposed to the states upcoming assembly elections flee tea
rgas during a demonstration 03 September 1996 in Srinagar.
35 Argentina, 2002
FABIAN GREDILLAS/AFP/Getty Images
A woman shouts slogans during a nationwide protest against government-imposed re
strictions on access to bank accounts and to demand that Supreme Court justices
step down, 25 January 2002, in Buenos Aires. Protests continue regularly since t
he country defaulted on its international debt last month and Argentine Presiden
t Eduardo Duhalde froze some 65 billion USD in savings accounts to prevent a run
on banks that could worsen the countrys dire financial straits.
36 India, 2008
RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images
Indian policemen restrain a Tibetan woman during a demonstration at the Chinese
Embassy in New Delhi on March 12, 2008 on the occasion of the Tibetan Womens Upri
sing Day. Some 49 Tibetan women, holding Tibetan flags attempted to enter the Ch
inese embassy premises in a protest marking Tibetan Womens Uprising Day.
37 France, 1993
Steve Eason/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
A group protesters with painted faces at an anti-fascist demonstration in Paris,
France, February 1993.
38 Belarus, 2015
SERGEI GAPON/AFP/Getty Images
Pregnant women cross a road as they parade in central Minsk on August 30, 2015.
39 Ecuador, 2010
PABLO COZZAGLIO/AFP/Getty Images
An Afro-Ecuadorean woman argues with police guarding a fence in front of the Nat
ional Assembly in Quito on May 5, 2010 in protest of a proposed water privatizat
ion law that could impact the countrys indigenous population. The protesters argu
ed that the law would allow mining and electric generating firms to divert water
that is otherwise available to the indigenous groups. They are seeking a specia
l counsel to govern water rights.
40 India, 2010
ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images
Kashmiri women shout pro-freedom slogans during a protest in Srinagar on July 16
, 2010. Indian security forces reimposed a strict curfew in Kashmirs main city Ju
ly 16 after a decision to ease restrictions for the first time in five days led
to huge street protests. The clampdown was briefly lifted on July 15 and thousan
ds took to the streets of Kashmirs summer capital Srinagar to denounce the Indian
security forces, who are accused of killing Kashmiris during recent protests ag
ainst Indian rule.
41 China, 2009
PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images
Chinese riot police watch a Muslim ethnic Uighur woman protest in Urumqi in Chin
as far west Xinjiang province on July 7, 2009 following a third day of unrest. Po
lice fired tear gas to disperse thousands of Han Chinese protesters armed with m
akeshift weapons and vowing revenge, as chaos gripped this flash-point city rive

n by ethnic tensions following rioting that claimed at least 156 lives. Authorit
ies ordered a night curfew and thousands of heavily armed police deployed across
Urumqi.
42 Turkey, 2011
MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images
Kurdish women hold portraits of their missing sons and daughters on May 18, 2011
during a demonstration in Istanbul against the recent killing of 12 Kurdish reb
els by security forces. Turkish troops killed 12 Kurdish rebels in fighting in t
he southeast of the country and lost one of their own soldiers to a mine explosi
on. The clashes began on May 12 when fighters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PK
K) tried to cross into Turkeys Sirnak province near Uludere from bases in Iraq, s
ecurity sources said. A second attempt was made on May 13, the sources said, add
ing that 12 rebels in total had been killed, four surrendered and numerous weapo
ns seized.
43 Poland, 2011
JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Polish women take part in a Breastfeeding Is Not Obscene protest in Warsaws subwa
y on June 15, 2011 in reaction to a ban imposed by city officials on an art proj
ect, portraying breastfeeding mothers. The project was supposed to have been dis
played in the subway.
44 West Bank, 2004
JAMAL ARURI/AFP/Getty Images
A Muslim school girl holds a portrait of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and a
national flag as she joins other women among hundreds of demonstrators protestin
g the construction of the controversial Israeli security fence which goes over the
ir land in the West Bank village of Budrus, some 15 kms west of Ramallah 01 Janu
ary 2004. Clashes erupted after foreigners and Palestinians protested next to th
e construction site.
45 India, 2011
STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images
Indian policemen and activists from the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) clas
h during a demonstration in Guwahati on June 22, 2011, held to protest against t
he governments drive to evict settlers on government land, in Guwahati on June 22
, 2011. According to media reports, three people were killed and several injured
in the clash between the police and members of KMSS.
46 Cuba, 2012
ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images
Activists of the Ladies in White opposition group protest against the Cuban gove
rnment, on February 23, 2012 in Havana. The group commemorate the 2nd Anniversar
y of Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapatas death in jail.
47 Turkey, 2012
ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images
Turkish women chant slogans during a protest on the International Womens Day in A
nkara on, March 8, 2012.
48 India, 2012
SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/GettyImages
A woman joins others in voicing her opposition to Chinese government interventio
n in Tibet during a protest in New Delhi on May 23, 2012. The protest was called
to mark and oppose the 61st anniversary of the 17-Point Agreement between Tibet a
nd China which the protesters say was signed by the Chinese government and the T
ibetan government under duress on 23 May 1951. The 14th Dalai Lama has repudiate
d the agreement on many occasions.
49 Turkey, 2012

ADEM ALTAN/AFP/GettyImages
Women hold signs as they take part in a demonstration against government plans t
o ban or limit the practice of abortion in Turkey, on June 17, 2012, in Ankara.
Some of the signs read Illegal abortion kills, not legal abortion. A majority of T
urks oppose a ban on abortion as the Islamist-rooted government moves to try and
limit the practice, according to a survey published on June 11. A total of 55.5
percent said they opposed a ban, while the remaining 44.5 percent were for it,
according to the Konsensus research centre poll conducted among 1,500 people bet
ween May 24 and June 6, Haberturk daily reported.
50 Spain, 2012
DANI POZO/AFP/GettyImages
A bare breast protester holds a placard reading Love unites us, we are all equal,
we were born free and we will die free during a demonstration organized by Spains
indignant protesters, a popular movement against a political system that they say
deprives ordinary Spaniards of a voice in the crisis, near the parliament build
ing in Madrid on September 29, 2012. Helmeted riot police fired rubber bullets a
nd baton-charged protesters on September 25, 2012 as thousands rallied near parl
iament in anger at the economic crisis, in clashes that left at least 14 people
wounded.
51 Spain, 2016
Marcos del Mazo/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images
Women protesting against gender-based violence during a demonstration on Valenti
nes Day in Madrid, Spain on Feb. 14, 2016.
52 United Kingdom, 2012
Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Campaigners, some dressed as suffragettes, attend a rally organized by UK Femini
sta to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, En
gland. Hundreds of women from around the UK congregated in Westminster to attend
a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that d
amages womens rights.
53 Algeria, 1998
AFP/Getty Image
A woman gestures to riot policemen during a protest organized by the Rally for C
ulture and Democracy (RCD) in Algiers 02 July against a new law making Arabic th
e sole official language in Algeria amid continued tension over the murder of Be
rber singer Lounes Matoub. Around 1,000 people took part in the rally during whi
ch three policemen and one protester were injured when riot police prevented the
marchers to advance on the residence of President Liamine Zeroual.
54 Serbia, 2005
Marko Drobnjakovic/AP
A member of the Women in Black, an international peace network, lays on the ground
wrapped in a plastic bag, as a sign of protest in downtown Novi Sad, some 80 ki
lometers (50 miles) northwest of Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, Saturday, Dec.
10, 2005. The movement marked Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day, with a p
erformance, stressing issues such as rights of minorities in Serbias northern pro
vince of Vojvodina.
55 Philippines, 2008
Bullit Marquez/AP
Women workers of Triumph International, the largest undergarment manufacturer in
the Philippines, toss bras and panties in the air during an underwear protest Wed
nesday Oct.15, 2008 at the companys sales warehouse at Manilas financial district
of Makati. The hundreds of protesters walked out of their factory following a de
adlock in the negotiation for better wages and other benefits.

56 India, 2009
Mustafa Quraishi/AP
Members of gulabi gang, (pink gang), a womens vigilante group, shout slogans at a p
rotest in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009 as they demand a separate B
undelkhand state. The group so named after the pink dress that they wear was for
med in Uttar Pradesh States Banda district. The women brandish sticks and fight f
or social issues.
57 Belgium, 2015
Virginia Mayo/AP
A woman throws eggs at riot police during a farmers demonstration in Brussels on
Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. European dairy farmers demonstrated in Brussels on Monda
y to protest against what they believe are unfair prices on their dairy products
.
58 Turkey, 2016
ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Image
Turkish members of the One Billion Rising movement, dance during a demonstration t
o denounce violence and injustices against women, on Valentines Day in Ankara, on
February 14, 2016.
59 Nigeria, 2016
PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images
A woman holds a placard reading Hike in tariff is capitalist fraud during a demons
tration to protest against the 45 percent raise of electricity prices on Februar
y 8, 2016 in Lagos. Labour unions under the umbrella of Nigeria Labour Congress
(NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in collaboration with civil society groups
and students organized a protest rally to reject the recent increase in electric
ity tariffs, which became effective on Feb. 1, 2016.
60 Peru, 2016
Sebastian Casta/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Peruvian andean women, victims of forced sterilizations during the administratio
n of Perus former President Alberto Fujimori, attend a protest in Lima, capital o
f Peru, on February 10, 2016. During the government of Alberto Fujimori, forced
sterilizations were performed on thousands of women as part of the mid-1990s pro
gram of former president Alberto Fujimori who argued that a lower birth rate was
crucial to eliminating poverty in Peru.
Correction: This entry initially incorrectly identified Minsk as a city in Russi
a. It is in fact the capital of Belarus.
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Jan Willem
beautiful. i am mostly touched by the polish mothers who breastfeed their babies
. It truly is the most amazing thing in the world. Any dick who can t deal with
that, has issues himself. My wife breastfeeds my son, and everytime I am in awe
of the sheer beauty of that moment.
Humanity is beautiful, humans often times not so much.
Like Reply 78 Mar 8, 2016 1:06am
Chloe Dorina de Jonge Works at Chloe wants to eat
there was a similar event in Hungary last year: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-

europe-32847891
Like Reply 4 Mar 8, 2016 3:59pm
Lorraine Dunn Eady ESL Teacher at MVCC Education Outreach Center
Me too!
Like Reply 2 Mar 10, 2016 3:06am
Acun Serdar
The moment when you casually check Huff Po and see your friend who is also a kic
k-ass journalist, is #1 on the 60 Stunning Photos Of Women Protesting Around The
World list!! Congratulations Gizem, proud of you!
Like Reply 38 Mar 8, 2016 3:01am
Julie Best Works at Propriul angajat
Very cool! You are lucky to know one of these fine people, personally.
Like Reply 3 Mar 8, 2016 8:45pm
Shagoofa Khan Senior Mentor at Mates Mentoring Programme
She s amazing!
Like Reply 1 Mar 9, 2016 4:48am
Diane Spacil
First Nations women in Canada have been rising and raising awareness about the g
enocidal tactics of past and current governments and the stunning, murderous rac
ism engendered. Idle No More was founded by four educated, passionate women and
has rallied the Canadian conscience to acknowledge our existance! No More Stolen
Sisters!! Protect our Waters!!
Like Reply 34 Mar 8, 2016 10:29am
Dee N Tea Peterborough, Ontario
Yes, I was surprised and disappointed not to see any mention on this list!
Like Reply 6 Mar 9, 2016 9:00pm
Yasmine Barghouty
I wish there were more from female protesters from the West Bank, like Tamimi Ah
ed, the 14 year old girl who went viral recently defending her little brother wi
th a broken arm from an israeli soldier trying to arrest him, and being hit by t
he soldier.
Like Reply 26 Mar 8, 2016 7:12am
Motria Poshyvanyk
North America
Beautiful photos.
g strong women of
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Caudill Director of Fundraising at Women s Bandura Ensemble of


But, seriously, you missed the boat by not showing the stunnin
Ukraine who ousted their corrupt president in Euromaidan.
Mar 8, 2016 3:43am

Don Joe None of the above


You mean their democratically elected president that they ousted in a Western-ba
cked soft coup d etat that has completely destabilized the region and destroyed
Ukraine s economy? You seem to think that s something to celebrate, you poor thi
ng. It s easy to say stupid things from way across the ocean.
Like Reply 2 Mar 8, 2016 9:58pm
Cathy Sneaden Denver
Don Joe ----And you seem to think things in life are that simple, you poor thing
. It s easy to say ignorant things when you don t understand the politics of gre
ed.
Like Reply 1 Mar 9, 2016 11:19pm
Albana Tahiri UNIVERSITETI I TIRANES

I think there is one photo missing. The reason of the protest on Valentines day
on 2015 was the assult and murder of Ozgecan Aslan. The funeral ceremony turned
into a protest because, the women didn t want any more manhandling of her body.
So her body was carried from the prayers to grave by women.
Like Reply 12 Mar 8, 2016 4:48pm
Lamia Loutfi King s College London
Hey Huffington post if you lack resources to include in your coverage Egyptian w
omen who lead the largest protest in history of mankind , fought tyrants and got
shot dead in broad day light, maybe you could try google and search for "Egypti
an women protests " and Egytian women activism, and by the way you don t have to
narrow your search with time frame of 25 years,as with Egyptian women our activ
ism roots dates back to thousands of years where ISIS our ancient queen fought S
eth the God of destruction, but thanks to prejudice western media and similar ba
sis as with your story, ISIS name was canabilaized and granted to a terrorist or
ganisation ...so when you put yourself as judge of top 60 photos of representing
protests against under representation remember to practice wha you preach or is
it just inconvenient to your personal prejudice that millions of women proteste
d against the fanatic Muslim brotherhood the cradle of extremism
Like Reply 11 Mar 9, 2016 12:35am
Lamia Loutfi King s College London
https://mobile.twitter.com/pete.../status/277742591708123136
Like Reply 1 Mar 9, 2016 3:23am
Lamia Loutfi King s College London
http://cultural-cafe.blogspot.co.uk/.../photo-gallery-of...
Like Reply 1 Mar 9, 2016 3:35am
Lamia Loutfi King s College London
http://freeyara-freesanaa.net
Like Reply 1 Mar 9, 2016 3:38am
Carey Ostrer
I dislike the way the role of women in the protests at this time in Egypt have b
een lacking - when they were so important.
Like Reply 1 Mar 26, 2016 10:16pm
Katia Pilar Beloit College
Seriously ... anger about not every protest being included. 60 pictures cannot i
nclude all of them. Why ruin the moment. These are beautiful people. There s alw
ays more time to include all of those that did not yet have the chance to be fea
tured.
Like Reply 11 Mar 9, 2016 4:03am
Stephanie Woodward Rochester, New York
How can you possibly have 60 photos of women protesting but not include ANY pict
ures of women with disabilities? There are MANY photos of disabled women protest
ing for Disability Rights over the past 30 years. This list simply promotes segr
egated feminism.
Like Reply 8 Mar 9, 2016 9:38pm
Cathy Sneaden Denver
Segregated feminism?? What agenda are you pushing?! The fact is, feminism and eq
ual rights is still a struggle for women all over the world. These women rightfu
lly deserve their spot in this photo essay. As for disability rights, correct me
if I m wrong, but there are already many laws in place in the US for the disabl
ed, many of them vigorously enforced in courts.
Like Reply Mar 9, 2016 11:35pm

Bronwen Jones Barrister at Propriul angajat


How do you know that none of the women have disabilities? Many of the photos hav
e dozens of women in them.
Like Reply 6 Mar 10, 2016 6:34pm
Laura Halvorson
I agree with Stephanie 110% on this.
Like Reply 4 Mar 10, 2016 8:59pm
Sarah Wendell Launderville Colegiul Springfield
Stephanie Woodward Thank you so much for your response! Agreed!!!!
Like Reply 2 Mar 10, 2016 10:10pm
Marsha Rose Katz
Stephanie Woodward is so right in both her taking issue that disability rights a
nd women protesting for disability rights were left out of this beautiful collec
tion of photos, and in trying to explain why women with disabilities deserve to
be included, and that they have so much to protest. Laws that are supposed to gu
arantee our rights have indeed been passed. But are they enforced? Are they even
recognized by some people? The answer is a resounding NO! Laws like the Civil R
ights Act of 1964, and the recent Marriage Equality act, the Fair Housing Act of
the 1980s, and so many more are on the books, but NONE of those have stopped di
scrimination from continuing on a daily basis. Instead of questioning why some o
f us would think we should be included, you should be embracing the inclusion of
ALL women , from ALL marginalized and excluded groups (including Trans women).
If feminism does not include us ALL, then it is indeed segregated, and needs to
fixed!
Like Reply 1 Mar 10, 2016 10:28pm
Cathy Sneaden Denver
Marsha Rose Katz ---You and Stephanie are the ones excluding yourselves. Feminis
m includes ALL women. You guys want to make this an issue about the disabled not
having enough rights and that s just NOT true. Here s the exact law: "The ADA p
rohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and loca
l government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and
telecommunications. It also applies to the United States Congress." Please stop
taking away from these brave female protesters.
Like Reply 1 Mar 12, 2016 4:16am
Marianne Edwards Groljac
Cathy Sneaden Because the US is the only countryin the world... how can you even
say that on an international online platform, having just seen pictures from a
round the world ?
Like Reply Mar 16, 2016 10:32am
Teresa Huber Saskatoon
Not all disabilities are visible.
Like Reply 2 Mar 23, 2016 5:51am
Cathy Sneaden Denver
Marianne Edwards ---Sorry, I can t really respond because I don t know what you
re trying to say.
Like Reply Mar 28, 2016 5:23am
Vanessa Perumal Owner at JT Communications African Media Resource Centre of Exce
llence
Power on every level - International Women s Day 2016 may the baton to all our e
mancipation continue to keep us in a circle of Humanity - A brillaint Album remi
nding us that all over the world women rise against all oppression.
Like Reply 6 Mar 8, 2016 8:31pm

Lori Grace Kochevar Visionary at Brighten the Brain


Thank you for all of your courage and love for our world, I deeply appreciate ea
ch of you standing forth something bettter!
Like Reply 6 Mar 8, 2016 6:53am
Alisa Carter
60 photos from around the world of women protesting injustice, and not even one
image of the Women in Black of Jerusalem (since then, growing worldwide to 10,00
strong), Israeli women who have been standing in protest just down the block fr
om the Prime Minister s residence every Friday afternoon since 1988, standing si
lently as the bustle of Sabbath preparations swirls around them, in a powerful c
ommitment to peace, against war, against injustice, against violations of human
rights, against the occupation.
Like Reply 2 Mar 9, 2016 3:30am
Diego Mndz
Beautiful photos. While it would be impossible to list all photos of women stand
ing up and fighting for justice, here s an iconic one that should never be left
off a list such as this. Mayan women defending their commnunity from the militar
y in Chiapas, Mexico.
http://lastrealindians.com/wp.../uploads/2014/01/ezln3.jpg
Like Reply 1 Mar 10, 2016 5:27pm Edited
Marsha Rose Katz
Loved the diversity in these photos, but I was very disappointed that there was
not one photo of women with disabilities protesting for disability rights.....es
pecially the right to remain in our own homes and communities with the services
and supports we need, instead of being forced into nursing homes and other insti
tutions where we are warehoused, abused, and away from family and friends, parti
cularly those of us in rural areas.
Like Reply Mar 10, 2016 10:15pm
Gilly Shaw Chelsea School of Art
So many women, so much for them to protest against. Admire their bravery so much
in stnading up against the loaded odds.
Like Reply 3 Mar 8, 2016 3:08pm
Tin Dayawon
I wish there are more pictures from the philippines. Human rights situation here
is awfull and women have always been in the forefront of all struggles
Like Reply 3 Mar 9, 2016 5:54am
Oscar Ed Ataderos Baguio City, Philippines
That is so true. Despite more than 37 laws, executive and administrative orders
pertaining to protect women and children, the victims of violence are getting yo
unger and the abusers are becoming bolder and harsher, according to Center for W
omen s Resources CWR. CWR also cited data from the Philippine Statistics Authori
ty (PSA), indicating that compared to the several thousands of rape cases, only
7,416 were in jail in December 2012. Impunity and exploitation are roots of unre
solved cases of violence against women and children.
"It is a culture where the powerful dominates the powerless. The powerful contro
ls the economic and political setting. Such domination is translated in the trea
tment of women, especially those who belong to the marginalized sector," CWR sai
d.
Like Reply 1 Mar 9, 2016 8:33am
Steve Rawcliffe Versonnex, Rhone-Alpes, France
In No. 15, it says "A police officer aims a machine gun at a woman ..." It s act

ually a rifle -- sure, he shouldn t be pointing it at an unarmed civilian, but i


t s better to get the facts right.
Like Reply Mar 11, 2016 12:34pm
Jay Dunning Au pair at InterExchange
I d have loved to have seen the two female leaders of south Africa s fees fees m
ust fall movement. Other than that an incredibly powerful list
Like Reply 2 Mar 8, 2016 7:11pm
Elie Alam Notre Dame University Louaize
#15, really? a woman protesting police killing of a drug trafficker. you put tha
t under "power to the women" slogan?? what kind of message are you trying to sen
d?
Like Reply 2 Mar 8, 2016 7:29pm
Abed Al Razik Dima Arts, Sciences and Technology University in Lebanon
As Yasmine Bargouti says, I wish there were more from female protesters from the
West Bank, anyways, it was stunning and inspiring..
Like Reply 1 Mar 8, 2016 12:07pm
Camille Twal Amman
Islam gave women so many rights, yet they are deprived from their basics in many
Arab and Muslim countries!
Like Reply 2 Mar 8, 2016 10:24am
Larry Sherman Fairleigh Dickinson University
You have a picture of palestinian women protesting the seurity barrier that Is
rael put up to stop suicide bombings, but you did not inlcude pictures of Israel
i women protesting the suicicide bombings, rocket attacks and stabbings that the
y are subjected to by palestinians .
Like Reply 5 Mar 8, 2016 6:00am
John Peter Napolitano Georgetown University
very moving and sobering...has there ever been as much injustice in the world as
we re seeing these days...?
Like Reply 2 Mar 9, 2016 1:10am
Mohammad Al Darabie
Is it a coincidence that all the photos are for women in protest? Men are not do
ing there part in changing the world to a better place? Or they do it in a diffe
rent way?
Like Reply May 22, 2016 10:28am
Abdelwahed Zaidi Alger
The eternal lights of Eve,
Big Is Love FOR MY MATHER .Powerful feelings of love for these women, sublime, t
hrough these very beautiful pictures, which revives with great fullness, the ded
ication to freedom and the humanitarian and universal prosperity
Like Reply 1 Mar 9, 2016 6:27pm
Hanna Zanina Content Editor at Wargaming.net
In Belarus, it was not a protest, but a totally peaceful event for expecting mot
hers with lectures, master-classes etc.
Like Reply Mar 11, 2016 11:23pm
Yara El Masry American International School in Egypt
No pictures of Egyptian women who took part in the largest revolution in human h
istory just 5 years ago????
Like Reply May 22, 2016 9:54pm

Marjorie Drew Hobe Sound, Florida


NOTHING is stunning about these women. Most of them are just a bunch of wacked o
ut hags. They should get back in the kitchen where they belong.
Like Reply 2 Mar 7, 2016 5:44pm
Richard Boberg Shadle Park High School
Thanks for the satire.
Like Reply 13 Mar 7, 2016 7:00pm
Trippy Pearson Tarleton State University
Is that where you are?
Like Reply 7 Mar 7, 2016 10:47pm
Vicki Scott Works at Pensie
If you can t say something civil, be quiet! Women, behave women should be honore
d, not demeaned!
Like Reply 4 Mar 8, 2016 5:45am
Kim Ackridge Thomas A. Edison High
In tears looking at the women in these photos,....heart wrenching.
Like Reply 6 Mar 7, 2016 8:53pm
Nancy Bloom Dallas
Very stunning and inspiring - thank you for this article!
Like Reply 4 Mar 7, 2016 6:04pm
Ek Hghfgdfgdf
where are kurdish female fighters?
Like Reply 4 Mar 8, 2016 4:55pm
Ek Hghfgdfgdf
Cameron Morris protest is about resistance and not only holding a banner.
Like Reply 1 Mar 8, 2016 9:39pm
Don Joe None of the above
Yeah, or the Iranian protesters from 2009: http://blog.3bulls.net/.../2009/06/ra
isedfistwoman.jpg
Instead we put in several photos from France, where women aren t nearly under as
much oppression, comparatively.
Like Reply 2 Mar 8, 2016 10:00pm
Heather Pothier
This is amazing! This should be shown on every news network. I feel such hope in
looking at these pictures, and I realize how specifically news networks do not
cover these types of stories. It is heartening to see women from all over the wo
rld standing up to injustice, and I feel a real sense of solidarity looking at t
hese pictures. THANK YOU for sharing this!!!
Like Reply 2 Mar 8, 2016 2:59pm
Maria Jlia Brito Blogger at Gordiceria
http://modices.com.br/.../Screen-Shot-2015-12-14-at-5.20...
http://jornalggn.com.br/.../files/admin/marcela-ocupa.jpg
So Paulo, Brazil. 2015.
Student protest.
Like Reply 2 Mar 8, 2016 6:48pm
CJ Carnehl Artist at Artist at Freelance Artist

To all of the Women in the world..Happy International Day...Yes, we are stronger


than you think!
Like Reply 2 Mar 8, 2016 4:31pm
Maya T Jones Scaun at Cabarrus County Democrats
A spectacular reminder to aim to be better, And then, better than that.
Like Reply 2 Mar 8, 2016 3:05pm
Pilgrim Tierney
So, this is beautiful, but where are the disabled women protesting for disabilit
y rights?
Like Reply 1 Mar 10, 2016 9:32pm
Tee Mac
http://insider.foxnews.com/.../judge-jeanine-mitt-romney...
Like Reply 1 Mar 8, 2016 2:34am
David Anderson School of Visual Arts
The power of women is a beautiful sight, the givers of life are also the teller
of truth
Like Reply 1 Mar 9, 2016 12:54pm
Liz Mannarino Preedinte at Liberal Party of Canada | Parti libral du Canada
Not a single photo of Canadian Women ...
Like Reply 1 Mar 8, 2016 9:09pm
Asenath Vaunest Manager dealer d organes at Clint Boris - Bar Lesbien Communiste
The femen have no place amongst these beautiful pictures.
Like Reply 1 Mar 9, 2016 6:10am
Lois Blair Roberts Prone at Pensie
AMAZING PHOTOS OF BRAVE , SOMETIMES FOOLHARDY WOMEN.NOW THAT WE HAVE THE VOTE IN
U.S. USE IT WELL AND REMEMBER THE BRAVE WHO GOT IT FOR YOU1
Like Reply 1 Mar 8, 2016 11:16pm
Circe Montes de Oca Ciudad de Mxico
How many pictures from India and Turkey. From Mexico just one. Why?? we dont have
the courage??
Like Reply 1 Mar 9, 2016 12:23am
Lamia Loutfi King s College London
None from Egypt lol
Like Reply Mar 9, 2016 3:14am
Nekko Mason Erickson King of the Patriarchy at Patriarchy
One of these pictures is not like the others...
Like Reply Mar 9, 2016 8:06pm
Ranjan Thangjam Singh Founder and Principal Designer at Story This
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0719-03.htm
Dear Huffington Post. you might have missed this. This story is from a very remo
te part of India. Much neglected.
Like Reply Mar 15, 2016 6:25pm
Ritu Grover Mysore University
Well its more Hi-def photography than real stories, isn t it. Over 10 entries fo
r India, but they even missed the biggest rape protest women had all over India
after the infamous 2012 Delhi rape!
Like Reply May 22, 2016 10:26am

Daniela Redlin Cairo


Where s a photo of women protesting in the Egyptian Revolution in 2011?! Come on
...
Like Reply Mar 20, 2016 3:52pm
Ulyana May
Ukrainian female protesters from Euromaidan should be here to!
Like Reply Mar 10, 2016 3:54pm
Rmn Shkh
Beautiful and sad at the same time, Kashmir.. Aazadi.. one day
Like Reply Mar 10, 2016 9:57am
Melda Somer
I will never forgive my country for attacking the Kurds. NEVER
Like Reply Mar 14, 2016 8:44pm
Peter H. Lin
You should include pictures of brave Taiwanese females.
Like Reply Mar 10, 2016 5:00pm
Malaika Butoyi Private CPT Certified Personal Trainer and RYT Registered Yoga Te
acher at Yofima
This is so inspiring, thank you.
Like Reply 1 Mar 8, 2016 11:04pm
Domnica Cemortan Academia Politica, Fundatia Friedrich Ebert
I am sad that my country is not hire.
We have very strong pic from people when they protest.
Like Reply Mar 10, 2016 3:37pm
Jeff Stasi Regizor de film at Propriul angajat
More triumphant now photos !!!! We ve won this one in our hearts .
Like Reply Mar 20, 2016 6:03pm
Danny Valentine
There s a lot of exhibitionists in these protests. Not that I m complaining...
Like Reply Mar 13, 2016 8:36pm
Bashiruddin Naik Bengaluru
Why so many Indian?
That s the women power!
Like Reply Mar 12, 2016 8:43am
Tamara Baruch
I really liked everything eccept the West Bank one
Like Reply Mar 12, 2016 10:08pm
Salah A Ahmad
What about women in Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, and so on? What do you think
in them? Women or not?
There are millions of images could be better than these to tell clear message to
the world how much women suffering because she wanted to be positive and has en
courage enough to fight.
Thousands of women arrested and killed in Egypt within last three years but nobo
dy knows because they are not agree with your ideology, that s it.
Please stop theorizing, stop playing Compassionate role. Enough is enough.

Last year in Hungary, I had saw my neighbor "she is a girl" in a walk with her d
og, when the dog evacuate, the girl slop and pulled the gloves and cleaned the s
hits of the dog smiling. The same girl was leaving her mother sleeping outside i
n the cold weather because she does not control the urine.
Is that dog better than her mother to clean his shits whereas leaving her mother
out in the cold?
Can you understand now why asked you to stop?
You are establishing Misconceptions, double standards, it s far away from ethica
l principles and never lead to better world we need.
Like Reply Mar 10, 2016 6:24pm