Thousands of men and women from around the world stopped traffic Sunday in Midtown Manhattan, raising their voices for worldwide women's rights. "Women's rights are human rights!" some shouted amid car horns, drumbeats, and police commands.

The march started in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza opposite the U.N., ending hours later in Times Square. Participants called for equality for women, who are traditionally paid less for work and often have a smaller voice in policy decisions. New York City's first lady, Chirlane McCray, noting that International Women's Day commemorates the day in 1908 when thousands of women marched through the city demanding shorter hours, better pay, and voting rights.

Marches were also held elsewhere, including in Germany and in the Philippines, where groups called for the resignation of President Benigno Aquino, saying he has failed to uplift working-class families. - AP