International Women's Day 2014
Model Naomi Campbell makes a peace signal while she takes part in a march called "U.N. women for peace" on the occasion of the International Women's Day, in front of the UN headquarters in New York, March 7, 2014.Reuters

International Women's Day 2014 is being celebrated around the world on 8 March.

The day, which commemorates achievements in women's rights, is an occasion to call for further change, according to the United Nations.

The day is a time to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

IWD 2014 theme

Gender equality is the focus of this year's celebrations. The theme for International Women's Day 2014 says: "Equality for women is progress for all."

"This year's theme, 'Equality for women is progress for all' emphasises how gender equality, empowerment of women, women's full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development," the UN said in a statement.

"It also stresses the vital role of women as agents of development."

IWD observances

Countries mark the International Women's Day celebrations in different ways.

The UN observed the day this year at its headquarters in New York on 7 March in the presence of eminent attendees like former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

To mark the occasion, UN Women launched the (Hash tag) #HeforShe equality branding campaign, in which men all over the world are being encouraged to speak out against inequalities faced by women and girls.

The pictures below show different styles of observance of International Women's Day around the world.

International Womens Day 2014
Activists dressed in red protest in front of the Ministry of Women, representing a human "red carpet" to symbolise women's rights being trampled by the government, during International Women's Day in Lima, Peru.Reuters
International Womens Day 2014
Peruvian women wearing traditional Andean clothes participate in a march for International Women's Day in Lima.Reuters
International Womens Day 2014
Participants form a female symbol as part of celebrations for International Women's Day in Manila, Philippines March 8, 2014.Reuters
International Womens Day 2014
Women practise a pole dancing move during an International Women's Day event at a women's-only pole dancing fitness studio in Sydney March 8, 2014.Reuters
International Womens Day 2014
Hillary Clinton attends an International Women's Day event at the UN headquarters in New York, March 7, 2014.Reuters
International Womens Day 2014
Women light candles while they take part in a rally to commemorate International Women's Day in Karachi, Pakistan.Reuters
International Womens Day 2014
Inmates attend with their children an event of the International Women's Day at Santa Monica female prison in Lima.Reuters
International Womens Day 2014
Inmates dance at International Women's Day event at Santa Monica female prison in Lima.Reuters