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How International Women’s Day was hijacked

In Central Asia, the day is being used to reinforce traditional gender roles

By Jessica Abrahams  

Activists hold slogans as they march towards the Malacanang Presidential palace as they mark International Women's Day in Manila, Philippines on Sunday, March 8, 2015. The group are asking the resignation of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III for his alleged participation in a botched operation against Southeast Asia's top terrorist suspect Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan that killed 44 police commandos. They also accused Aquino of neglecting women and their families. ©Aaron Favila/AP/Press Association Images

Activists hold slogans as they march towards the Malacanang Presidential palace as they mark International Women's Day in Manila, Philippines on Sunday, March 8, 2015. The group are asking the resignation of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III for his alleged participation in a botched operation against Southeast Asia's top terrorist suspect Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan that killed 44 police commandos. They also accused Aquino of neglecting women and their families. ©Aaron Favila/AP/Press Association Images Activists march towards the Malacanang Presidential palace on International Women’s Day (IWD) in Manila,…

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