International Women’s Day around the world – in pictures

Vancouver, Canada
Women participate in a flash-mob dance.
Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Images

Istanbul, Turkey
Officers from Istanbul’s motorcycle police unit wait to search vehicles during a roadside checkpoint operation. The rapid response unit nicknamed Dolphins is used primarily in crime prevention operations and has 25 female officers. Six per cent of Turkey’s 250,000 strong police force are women
Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

View all the other International Women’s Day pictures on The Guardian web site