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A bride looks up from behind her veil during a mass marriage ceremony organized for 22 Muslim couples in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. Mass marriages in India are organized by social organizations primarily to help the economically backward families who cannot afford the high ceremony costs. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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A bride looks up from behind her veil during a mass marriage ceremony organised for 22 Muslim couples in Mumbai, India. Rajanish Kakade/AP 

Three Palestinian women sit on a beachfront as a wave comes rushing by in Gaza City on November 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABEDMOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

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Three Palestinian women sit on a beachfront as a wave comes rushing by in Gaza City. Photo Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty 

Indian villagers wait in a queue outside a bank to deposit and exchange 500 and 1000 rupee notes in Chandrapur Village, some 30 kms from Guwahati on November 15, 2016.  / AFP / Biju BORO        (Photo credit should read BIJU BORO/AFP/Getty Images) *** BEST

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Indian villagers wait in a queue outside a bank to deposit and exchange 500 and 1000 rupee notes in Chandrapur Village. Photo Biju Boro/AFP/Getty

Afghan women walk with their children through the old quarters of Herat

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Afghan women walk with their children through the old quarters of Herat

Women shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar, against the recent killings in Kashmir, September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

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Women shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar, against the recent killings in Kashmir 

An armed woman loyal to the Houthi movement holds a rifle as she takes part in a parade to show support for the movement in Sanaa, Yemen

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An armed woman loyal to the Houthi movement holds a rifle as she takes part in a parade to show support for the movement in Sanaa, Yemen

Inside The Beijing International Automotive Exhibition...A paramilitary police officer (right) turns around as hostesses line up for roll call ahead of the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing, China, on Monday, April 25, 2016. Tesla Motors Inc. and BYD Co. are among manufacturers showing 147 new-energy vehicles at this year's show.

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A paramilitary police officer (right) turns around as hostesses line up for roll call ahead of the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing. 

The Wider Image: Pakistan's 'Pink Rickshaw'...Pakistan's first women-only rickshaw service was meant to provide its staff with a new way of gaining financial independence and its passengers with the chance of a ride without being groped and harassed by male drivers. But, after just a year in business, the "Pink Rickshaw" in the Punjabi city of Lahore, is struggling. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza    To match PAKISTAN-RICKSHAWS/           SEARCH "PINK RICKSHAW" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TEMPLATE OUT   TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Pakistan’s first women only rickshaw service was meant to provide its staff with a new way of gaining financial independence and its passengers with the chance of a ride without being groped and harassed by male drivers. But, after just a year in business, the “Pink Rickshaw” in the Punjabi city of Lahore, is struggling 

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Hindu women collect water from the Pushkar lake to pour on idols of Lord Shiva, on occasion of Mahashivratri festival in Pushkar, India 

A Manipuri woman sells smoked and dry fish in Ima market - the world's largest all women market - in Imphal city, Manipur state, 06 January 2016. The 150-year-old Ima Keithel or 'Mothers's market' complex, which is run exclusively by women and was damaged in the 04 January 2016 earthquake, is returning back to normal. Nine deaths have been reported from in and around Imphal due to falling debris. Imphal has a population of some 270,000 and people were jolted from their sleep and ran out of their homes in panic when the earth shook 04 January, reports say.

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A Manipuri woman sells smoked and dry fish in Ima market – the world’s largest all women market – in Imphal city, Manipur state, on Wednesday

Armed Kurdish women millitants

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Armed Kurdish women militants, man a barricade, on Thursday in the Sur district of Diyarbakir. Tensions rose when pro-Kurdish MP Leyla Zana began her oath with “Biji Asiti”, or “Long live peace” in Kurdish. The phrase triggered a storm that recalled her memorable swearing-in 24 years ago when she also spoke the language that was then still taboo in public.

A woman activist lies down on the road near the police barricade during their sleeping protest demanding Women Rights in the upcoming constitution in Kathmandu...A woman activist lies down on the road near the police barricade during their sleeping protest demanding Women Rights in the upcoming constitution in Kathmandu, Nepal August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

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A female activist lies down on the road near the police barricade during their sleeping protest demanding Women Rights in the upcoming constitution in Kathmandu, Nepal 

Ethnic Yao minority women brush their long hair near a creek, in Huangluo village of Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China

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Ethnic Yao minority women brush their long hair near a creek, in Huangluo village of Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. The village, known for the long hair of its female residents, attracts about 80,000 tourists a year. More than 80 women in the village have hair longer than 1.4 metres, with the longest reaching 2.2 metres, according to local media. 

Contestants jump into the water pit during the women's 3000m steeplechase finals at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore June 12, 2015.

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Contestants jump into the water pit during the women’s 3000m steeplechase finals at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore on Friday

Nepalese women protest sexual and gender based violence...epa04664834 Nepalese youngsters affiliated with Maiti Nepal, a center for rehabilitation and orphanage, cover their faces with polythene bags during a protest against recent acts of violence against women and young girls, Kathmandu, Nepal, 16  March 2015. Nepal has seen a recent increase in cases of sexual and gender based violence, including two acid attacks in Kathmandu on school girls, Seema Magar and Sangeeta Basnet, by as yet unidentified assailants 22 February, and the rape and murder of six year old Pooja Saha from Kalaiya district.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA

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Young Nepalese women cover their faces with bags to protest against violence against women in Kathmandu, Nepal. Recent cases include two acid attacks on school girls in the city and the rape and murder of a six-year-old.

Female Pakistani police commandos during an exercise at a police training centre in Nowshera, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. The army has been waging a major offensive against longstanding Taliban and other militant strongholds in the restive tribal areas on the Afghan border for the last six months. But a series of fresh strikes after the December 16 Peshawar attack, which left 149 people dead -- most of them children, suggest the military is stepping up its campaign. As the Peshawar tragedy unfolded, army chief General Raheel Sharif said the attack had renewed the forces' determination to push for the militants' "final elimination".

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Female Pakistani police commandos take part in an exercise at a police training centre in Nowshera, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The army has been waging a major offensive against longstanding Taliban and other militant strongholds in the restive tribal areas on the Afghan border for the past six months

Kashmiri women stand in a queue to cast their votes during the third phase polling of the Jammu and Kashmir state elections in Budgham, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) south west of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The elections are being held in five stages to allow government forces to better guard against any violence or anti-India protests. Results are due Dec. 23.

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Kashmiri women stand in a queue to cast their votes during the third-phase polling of the Jammu and Kashmir state elections in Budgham, about 28km (17 miles) southwest of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Tuesday.

A couple chat as they sit in swings during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in downtown Ronda, near Malaga, southern Spain on Tuesday.

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A couple chat as they sit in swings during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in downtown Ronda, near Malaga, southern Spain on Tuesday.

Kashmiri women wait in a queue to cast their votes during the first phase of polling to the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly elections in Lar, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. The five phased voting is scheduled to be held till December 20 with the results expected on December 23.

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Kashmiri women wait in a queue to cast their votes during the first phase of polling to the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly elections in Lar, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir on Tuesday

A group of female spectators leave as another group follows a debate of the Iranian parliament on a vote of confidence for nominee for the post of science minister Fakhroddin Ahamadi Danesh Ashtiani proposed by the President Hassan Rouhani, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Iran's parliament rejected Rouhani's nominee for the post of science minister over his pro-reform tendencies. In October the parliament rejected Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, another nominee for the same post; the same body dismissed former-Science Minister Reza Faraji Dana in August over similar allegations.

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A group of female spectators leaves as another group listen to a debate in the Iranian parliament. Fakhroddin Ahamadi Danesh Ashtiani was proposed by President Hassan Rouhani for the post of science minister, but was rejected.