On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, events have been taking place the world over to celebrate women’s achievements – and highlight ongoing discrimination.
Actor Daniel Craig becomes more Bond girl than 007, appearing in drag in a short film to support the day in Britain.
Actress Dame Judi Dench, spymaster M in the James Bond films, narrates the video. She notes 007’s “fondness for women” before asking whether he has “ever considered what it might be like to be one.”
She then reels off a list of statistics on sexual violence, education and inequality in the workplace.
“So, are we equal?” she asks.
Other European countries too have reasons for self-examination.
In Rome florists were busy preparing sprigs of seasonal mimosa that many men buy for women to celebrate their day.
However, a recent survey found that only four percent of company board members in Italy were women, and they were usually paid less than men.
Many women also feel sex scandals involving the prime minister Silvio Berlusconi have tarnished their image.
“This year the situation is more tragic than other years, we certainly have nothing to celebrate today,” said one woman in the Italian capital.
In Sweden the day was marked by large pram marches in cities across the country. The message aimed at politicians was that more should be done to prevent mothers dying in childbirth around the world.
World Health Organisation figures from 2010 showed that although maternal mortality has declined over the past 20 years, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia accounted for 87 percent of deaths.