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Protesters took to the streets around the world for International Women’s Day on Tuesday with rallies in Pakistan defying security warnings and demonstrations in Europe calling for solidarity with war-torn Ukraine.

Despite the marches, all eyes were on the relentless flow of women and children leaving Ukraine after the Russian invasion, sparking the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.

With more than two million people forced into exile, few arriving in the Polish border town of Przemysl could think to mark the date, although a lone priest can be seen wandering the station with an armful of tulips , distributing them to the women who arrive.

Meanwhile, in Brussels, protesters staged a “Women Stand With Ukraine” rally, waving a vast blue and yellow Ukrainian flag.

And in Paris, several thousand people marched against gender violence and for equal pay in a rally entitled: “the feminist groundswell for equality”.

Ahead of the rally, organizers read a letter from Russian feminists urging women’s rights activists around the world to ‘take a stand against war’, saying it highlighted both ‘bullet violence but also violence sexual”.

In Pakistan, some 2,000 women gathered in the eastern city of Lahore despite official efforts to ban the protest and withdraw security from an event frequently targeted with violence.

In a jovial atmosphere, they marched through the streets chanting “Respect women” and “End the patriarchy” as 1,000 other women gathered in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, and 200 in the capital, Islamabad.

Such gatherings have sparked a violent backlash since they began four years ago in deeply conservative Pakistan where women have been shot, stabbed, stoned, burned and strangled for undermining family “honour”.

Critics said they promote liberal Western values ​​and disrespect religious and cultural mores, and two years ago Islamist extremists stoned women as they walked through Islamabad.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan marked a muted day with militants intimidated by the threat of arrest by the country’s Taliban leaders who returned to power in August.

In Turkey, demonstrators spent days preparing banners ahead of the main march in Istanbul later on Tuesday to protest femicide and urge Ankara to join a European treaty protecting women from violence.

Last year, 416 women were killed in Turkey, while the toll this year currently stands at 72, according to figures from We Will Stop Femicide.

There was a wave of protests after Turkey’s withdrawal last year from the Istanbul Convention which establishes a legal framework to combat, prevent and prosecute violence against women.

Ankara justified the withdrawal by saying the 2011 treaty had a hidden agenda to normalize homosexuality.

And in Kenya, 150 people marched through the capital Nairobi to demand an end to gender-based violence after a woman was violently assaulted by motorcycle taxi drivers.

The incident happened after a traffic accident on Friday, with a video going viral showing the men grabbing the young woman’s clothes as she screamed inside her car.

Protesters marched to police headquarters, waving banners that read “Hear my cry” and urging an end to gender-based violence.

Police have arrested 16 people in connection with the assault.

Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.