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03/08/2017 08:46 am ET Updated Mar 13, 2018

68 Exquisite Photos Of Women Resisting Around The World

Behold, the power of female anger.
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An essential part of any functioning democracy is the freedom of its people to assemble and resist. In the context of an American president and administration whose policy agenda and rhetoric are opposed by more than half of the country, The Resistance has come to symbolize that majority opposition. And it’s being led by women

Around the world, women are a vital part of resistance efforts of all kinds. From Chile to India to Canada to New Zealand, women are on the front lines when they can be, pushing back on policies, governments and societal norms that they deem unjust.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up 68 stunning photos from the past year that show the beauty and power of women mobilizing.

  • 1 USA
    A woman is arrested by police officers during a demonstration to protest against President Donald Trump's Executive Order ban
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    A woman is arrested by police officers during a demonstration to protest against President Donald Trump's Executive Order banning immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries and the LGBT community at Stonewall on Feb. 04, 2017 in New York City.
  • 2 Romania
    A woman holds a banner reading 'Resignation' during a protest rally against the government in Bucharest on Feb. 6, 2017. Roma
    DANIEL MIHAILESCU via Getty Images
    A woman holds a banner reading 'Resignation' during a protest rally against the government in Bucharest on Feb. 6, 2017. Romania's government formally repealed contentious corruption legislation that has sparked the biggest protests since the fall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, ministerial sources said.
  • 3 India
    Women activists from Jat community raise their hands during their protest to demand for reservations in government jobs at Ja
    Hindustan Times via Getty Images
    Women activists from Jat community raise their hands during their protest to demand for reservations in government jobs at Jassia village on Jan. 31, 2017 in Rohtak, India.
  • 4 USA
    A woman protests outside the Trump Hotel against President Donald Trump's recent action on refugees entering the U.S. on Feb.
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    A woman protests outside the Trump Hotel against President Donald Trump's recent action on refugees entering the U.S. on Feb. 4, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
  • 5 Chile
    A protester is detained by the police during a national demonstration organized by ACLE to demand free and quality education
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    A protester is detained by the police during a national demonstration organized by ACLE to demand free and quality education on May 26, 2016 in Valparaiso, Chile. 
  • 6 Canada
    Woman holding a sign saying 'I love my Muslim brothers and sisters' during a massive protest against President Trump's travel
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    Woman holding a sign saying 'I love my Muslim brothers and sisters' during a massive protest against President Trump's travel ban outside of the U.S. Consulate in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Jan. 30, 2017. Canadians joined countries around the world in protesting against President Donald Trump's executive order, banning citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya) from entering the United States for the next three months and banning Syrian refugees from indefinitely entering America.
  • 7 USA
    Muslim women pray during a protest in Copley Square in Boston on Jan. 29, 2017. Thousands gathered to protest President Donal
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    Muslim women pray during a protest in Copley Square in Boston on Jan. 29, 2017. Thousands gathered to protest President Donald Trump's executive order banning people from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country. 
  • 8 Canada
    Demonstrators attend the Women's March to protest President Donald Trump, in Montreal, Canada on Jan. 21, 2017. 
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    Demonstrators attend the Women's March to protest President Donald Trump, in Montreal, Canada on Jan. 21, 2017. 
  • 9 Mexico
    A woman holds a sign reading 'Solidarity and action' during the Women's March against President Donald Trump in Mexico City o
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    A woman holds a sign reading 'Solidarity and action' during the Women's March against President Donald Trump in Mexico City on Jan. 21, 2017.
  • 10 New Zealand
    Thousands of people march up Queen Street on Jan. 21, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. 
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    Thousands of people march up Queen Street on Jan. 21, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. 
  • 11 Germany
    A woman wearing a USA flag as a headscarf attends a protest for women's rights and freedom in solidarity with the Women's Mar
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    A woman wearing a USA flag as a headscarf attends a protest for women's rights and freedom in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington in front of Brandenburger Tor on Jan. 21, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.
  • 12 USA
    A child marches during the Women's March on Jan. 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 
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    A child marches during the Women's March on Jan. 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 
  • 13 Chile
    Feminist activists protest on the streets during a national demonstration called Ni Una Menos (not one woman less)” to demand
    Marcelo Benitez/CON via Getty Images
    Feminist activists protest on the streets during a national demonstration called Ni Una Menos (not one woman less)” to demand justice for all women victims of gender crimes and in repudiation to the murder of Florencia Aguirre, a nine-year-old girl who was strangled, burned and buried by her father in the city of Coyhaique on Oct. 19, 2016 in Valparaiso, Chile.
  • 14 France
    A demonstrator carries a sign during a rally in solidarity with supporters of the Women's March in Washington and many other
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    A demonstrator carries a sign during a rally in solidarity with supporters of the Women's March in Washington and many other cities on Jan. 21, 2017 in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • 15 Brazil
    A woman with her face painted in red attends a rally to condemn a slaughter committed at the turn of the year in Campinas, Br
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    A woman with her face painted in red attends a rally to condemn a slaughter committed at the turn of the year in Campinas, Brazil on Jan. 5, 2017.
  • 16 Turkey
    A reflection shows a woman waving Turkish and Free Syrian flags as an aid convoy to Aleppo organized by IHH Humanitarian Reli
    OZAN KOSE via Getty Images
    A reflection shows a woman waving Turkish and Free Syrian flags as an aid convoy to Aleppo organized by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation is about to leave, on Dec. 14, 2016 in Istanbul.
  • 17 Lebanon
    Activists from the Lebanese NGO Abaad (Dimensions), a resource center for gender equality, dressed as brides and wearing inju
    PATRICK BAZ via Getty Images
    Activists from the Lebanese NGO Abaad (Dimensions), a resource center for gender equality, dressed as brides and wearing injury patches hold a protest in downtown Beirut on Dec. 6, 2016, against article 522 in the Lebanese penal code.
  • 18 Belgium
    Women light candles in a "lights for rights" protest. During Donald Trump's inauguration speech, people protested for wo
    NurPhoto via Getty Images
    Women light candles in a "lights for rights" protest. During Donald Trump's inauguration speech, people protested for women's rights in Brussels on Jan. 20, 2017.
  • 19 Haiti
    A woman reacts to tear gas fired by the Haitian National Police during clashes with supporters of presidential candidate Mary
    HECTOR RETAMAL via Getty Images
    A woman reacts to tear gas fired by the Haitian National Police during clashes with supporters of presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse, in the neighborhood of La Saline, in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, on Nov. 29, 2016. 
  • 20 Ecuador
    Feminist activists protest on the streets during a demonstration called 'Vivas Nos Queremos' to demand justice for all women
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    Feminist activists protest on the streets during a demonstration called 'Vivas Nos Queremos' to demand justice for all women victims of gender crimes on Nov. 26, 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.
  • 21 Turkey
    Women shout slogans and hold signs during a demonstration against a proposed bill in Istanbul on Nov. 22, 2016. 
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    Women shout slogans and hold signs during a demonstration against a proposed bill in Istanbul on Nov. 22, 2016. 
  • 22 Poland
    Hundreds of women with umbrellas participate in the nationwide Women's Strike on Oct. 24, 2016 in the city centre of Warsaw,
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    Hundreds of women with umbrellas participate in the nationwide Women's Strike on Oct. 24, 2016 in the city centre of Warsaw, Poland. 
  • 23 Cambodia
    Oum Sophy, a victim of land grabs, shouts during a protest on World Habitat Day in Phnom Penh on Oct. 10, 2016.
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    Oum Sophy, a victim of land grabs, shouts during a protest on World Habitat Day in Phnom Penh on Oct. 10, 2016.
  • 24 Chile
    A half-naked demonstrator runs alongside a riot police vehicle as Human Rights activists march in Santiago, on Sep. 11, 2016
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    A half-naked demonstrator runs alongside a riot police vehicle as Human Rights activists march in Santiago, on Sep. 11, 2016 commemorating the 43rd anniversary of the military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet that deposed President Salvador Allende.
  • 25 Brazil
    Women members of social and feminist movements protest to repudiate the feminicide of Lucia Perez, on Oct. 23, 2016 in Sao Pa
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    Women members of social and feminist movements protest to repudiate the feminicide of Lucia Perez, on Oct. 23, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 
  • 26 Israel
    Israeli members of the liberal Jewish religious group Women of the Wall, carry a Torah scroll after prayers in the women's se
    MENAHEM KAHANA via Getty Images
    Israeli members of the liberal Jewish religious group Women of the Wall, carry a Torah scroll after prayers in the women's section of the Western Wall, in the Old City of Jerusalem on Nov. 2, 2016, during a protest by the group demanding equal prayer rights at the site.
  • 27 Poland
    Several thousand people took part in the so-called Black Protest or General Woman Strike in response to a proposed bill to co
    NurPhoto via Getty Images
    Several thousand people took part in the so-called Black Protest or General Woman Strike in response to a proposed bill to completely ban abortion in the country, in Gdansk, Poland, on Oct. 3, 2016.
  • 28 Turkey
    Women shout slogans and hold placards reading 'Women resists against the male dominants' as they take part in a march for wom
    OZAN KOSE via Getty Images
    Women shout slogans and hold placards reading 'Women resists against the male dominants' as they take part in a march for women rights on Nov. 25, 2016 at Istiklal avenue in Istanbul. 
  • 29 Venezuela
    Women shout slogans against President Nicolas Maduro's government, during a demonstration in Caracas on Oct. 22, 2016. 
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    Women shout slogans against President Nicolas Maduro's government, during a demonstration in Caracas on Oct. 22, 2016. 
  • 30 Costa Rica
    Women -- some of them breastfeeding -- carry out a 'mamaton' (from Spanish 'amamantar' ,breastfeed, and 'marathon') outside t
    EZEQUIEL BECERRA via Getty Images
    Women -- some of them breastfeeding -- carry out a 'mamaton' (from Spanish 'amamantar' ,breastfeed, and 'marathon') outside the Legislative Assembly in San Jose on Aug. 3, 2016 protesting against the recent dismissal of a secretary who was breastfeeding by a deputy of the Partido Accion Ciudadana (PAC) .

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