International Women's Day celebrates inspiring women of Africa

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Every year International Women's Day is marked on 8 March to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world. This date is commemorated at the United Nations and in many countries is designated as a national holiday.

To highlight the occasion, the Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), gathered a series of inspiring images involving VSO projects across the globe that celebrate women’s strength and dignity.

VSO is an international development charity with 1,500 volunteers across 42 countries working with women to improve their access to crucial services, helping them speak out about political decisions that affect them.

Hundreds of experienced female volunteers every year help women across developing and poor countries to fulfil their potential and increase their chances of making an income, by sharing skills, learning and achieving positive change together.

These beautiful and thought provoking images tell the stories of remarkable women fighting against poverty and standing up for their rights and equality.

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