International Women's Day Google Doodle

Google has marked International Women's Day with a video featuring footage of women from all over the world.

The Google 'Doodle' celebrates and honours the achievements of famous and ordinary women in the 90-second video, and shows over 100 women including Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai, Camila Batmanghelidjh, the founder and director of the charity Kids Company, and even Dora the Explorer, who all say: "Happy International Women's Day" in various languages.

This year International Women's Day has the theme 'inspiring change' and celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women, while focusing world attention on areas that still need further action.

Ryan Germick, Google Doodle's team leader, said the video – compiled from footage sent in by women all over the world, was designed to "provide a glimpse of what some women across the world are doing".

"International Women's Day is a really hard topic [to illustrate]. How do you summarise what women represent in a graphic? A 20-part DVD wouldn't have scratched the surface. We decided with the Doodle format we could probably do a fun video."

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on 8 March. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

The United Nations has its own official theme each year. Their theme for 2014 is "equality for women is progress for all".

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, said: "I think that it is important that women celebrate themselves, but also it is important that they don't only speak to each other, preach to the converted, that women go out there and we win more allies for our struggle."