Today is observed across the world, with different countries celebrating Women's Day in many different ways.
International Women's Day falls on March 8 every year - that means that it falls on Thursday this week.
The day brings together global governments, women's organisations, businesses and charities together under the banner of International Women's Day.
The day itself will be marked with talks, performances, rallies, networking events and marches.
International Women's Day Quotes and messages
‘Well-behaved women seldom make history.’ – Laurel Thatcher-Ulrich
‘A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.’ – Irish Proverb
‘One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.’ – Simone De Beauvior
‘Don’t let anyone tell you you’re weak because you’re a woman.’ – Mary Kom
‘Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.’ – Oprah Winfrey
‘There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.’ – Michelle Obama
‘Women are the real architects of society.’ – Cher
‘I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.’ – Nora Ephron
‘All over the world, young males and females, schooled in the art of patriarchal thinking, are building an identity on a foundation that sees the will to do violence as the essential way to assert being.’ – Bell Hooks
‘I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.’ – Maya Angelou