You didn’t think we’d let International Women’s Day pass without dedicating a whole series to women the world over did you? Women, creatures of beauty, creatures of mystery and creatures we all come from. Respect them.

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International Women's Day

A woman holds a torch while taking part in a rally to commemorate International Women's Day in Islamabad. FAISAL MAHMOOD/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Anguri, a 26-year-old pregnant woman in labour, walks up a hill to reach a waiting maternity ambulance in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS

International Women's Day

A woman makes a rangoli during a rangoli making contest to mark International Women's Day in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. KRISHNENDU HALDER/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Participants perform yoga during a local beauty contest for pregnant women in Taiyuan. Stringer Shanghai/REUTERS

International Women's Day

A woman is pictured with her face painted as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese masculine deity who captures evil spirits in temple festivals, at Taitung county. PICHI CHUANG/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Models present creations during the lingerie Spring/Summer collection 2009 show by Triumph International in Mumbai. Arko Datta/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Colombian Referee Samary Rodriguez dresses for a match in Bogota. JOHN VIZCAINO/REUTERS

International Women's Day

A veiled woman wearing a badge with a portrait of Saudi King Abdullah browses a book at the Riyadh International Book Fair. FAHAD SHADEED/REUTERS

International Women's Day

A pregnant woman lies on an examination table as a nurse places her hands on her stomach during a check up at a community health centre in Chharchh. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS

International Women's Day

A woman stands near garbage at a street in Villa Maria del Triunfo on the outskirts of Lima. MARIANA BAZO/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Hokom Al, a disabled woman, uses her feet to wash clothes at her home in a rural area in Khartoum. MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Hokom Al, a disabled woman, uses her feet to wash clothes at her home in a rural area in Khartoum. MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH/REUTERS

International Women's Day

The shoes of actress Parker are pictured at the DVD launch event in New York. Lucas Jackson/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Bolivian soccer coach Ibanez directs her players, who belong to Peru's professional second division team Hijos de Acosvinchos, during a friendly match in Lima. ENRIQUE CASTRO-MENDIVIL/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Bolivian soccer coach Ibanez applies make up on her face after a soccer training session of Peru's professional second division team Hijos de Acosvinchos in Lima. ENRIQUE CASTRO-MENDIVIL/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Janete Fragoso, also known as Miss Janeth, poses with her son Gabriel and husband, a wrestler known as Bizarro, in Mexico City. EDGARD GARRIDO/REUTERS

International Women's Day

A Mexican wrestler known as Crazy Star poses for photographs inside her house in Mexico City. EDGARD GARRIDO/REUTERS

International Women's Day

A Mexican wrestler known as Crazy Star holds her cat Gatona as she poses inside her house in Mexico City. EDGARD GARRIDO/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Models wearing Vanity Fair bridal lingerie creations are seen backstage during a fashion show at the Sevilla de Boda in the Andalusian capital of Seville. Marcelo Del Pozo/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Maria Jose Cristerna, 36, a mother of four, tattoo artist and former lawyer, works at her sewing machine while chatting with her partner David Pena at their home in Guadalajara. STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Maria Jose Cristerna, a mother of four, tattoo artist and former lawyer, poses for a photograph at her home in Guadalajara. STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS

International Women's Day

A visitor looks at wigs and shoes displayed at the 'The Story of the Supremes' exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. © Alessia Pierdomenico/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Cambodian woman shouts slogans while marching to mark International Women's Day in central Phnom Penh. SAMRANG PRING/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Tea attendants stand in line as they wait to serve delegates on International Women's Day in Beijing. JASON LEE/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Hasina, a survivor of an acid attack, takes part in an awareness rally about the violence against women as they mark International Women's Day in Dhaka. ANDREW BIRAJ/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Monira, a survivor of an acid attack, takes part in an awareness rally about the violence against women as they commemorate International Women's Day in Dhaka. ANDREW BIRAJ/REUTERS

International Women's Day

The Russian New Siberia National Ballet troupe performs in Beijing China Photos/REUTERS

International Women's Day

An activist of the women's rights group Femen prepares for a protest against domestic violence in Istanbul. OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS

International Women's Day

A woman takes part in a rally to commemorate International Women's Day in Karachi. ATHAR HUSSAIN/REUTERS

International Women's Day

A model's foot is seen backstage of Blugirl Spring/Summer 2008 women collection during Milan's Fashion Week. Alessandro Garofalo/REUTERS

International Women's Day

A woman carries red roses during a protest marking International Women's Day in Zagreb. STRINGER/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Italian boxer Romina Marenda attends a training session at the Military Olympic Center in Rome. TONY GENTILE/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Model Ong puts on cosmetic eyelashes created by Shu Uemura during a Tokyo Lash Bar event in Singapore. Nicky Loh/REUTERS

International Women's Day

A woman takes part in a protest against the Egyptian military council during a march to mark International Women's Day in Cairo. MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS

International Women's Day

Clarke who plays Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker adjusts ballet shoes outside Buckingham Palace in London. REUTERS

International Women's Day

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton and First Lady Obama congratulate Bedoya Lima of Colombia in Washington. GARY CAMERON/REUTERS

Mar 08, 2012