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From boxing Barbie to ‘suffragette’ flashmob, world to mark International Women’s Day Thursday, March 8

By Emma Batha and Lin Taylor, Reuters | Mar 07, 2018

LONDON - A boxing Barbie doll, “suffragette” flashmob and Wikipedia edit-a-thon are among a host of quirky initiatives aimed at highlighting gender inequalities and overturning stereotypes on International Women’s Day on March 8.

In a year which has seen the birth of the #MeToo movement on sexual harassment and abuse, women around the world have been pushing for more rights and visibility.

In Paris, an edit-a-thon is inviting people to create, edit or translate Wikipedia pages about women who have played a key role or who still contribute in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.

Only 17 percent of biographies published on Wikipedia are about women, according to the United Nations’ cultural agency UNESCO, which is organizing the event.

Toy manufacturers are also getting in on the act.

A Barbie doll in the likeness of British Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams, complete with “boxing gloves to shatter any glass ceiling,” has been unveiled to mark International Women’s Day.

Toymaker Mattel said it hoped the Adams doll would inspire girls to achieve greatness.

Other women role models getting the Barbie treatment include U.S. Olympic snowboarding star Chloe Kim.

Also challenging stereotypes is Little Miss Inventor, a new character in the Mr Men and Little Miss children’s book series, who makes her debut on Thursday.

Little Miss Inventor, a female engineer who sports a spanner and pencils in her hair, aims to provide a positive role model and challenge stereotypes about STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - where women are often underrepresented.

Around the world, over 60 stock exchanges will host bell ceremonies to raise awareness of the role the private sector can play in advancing gender equality. But despite the celebrations and positive role models, a study released on Wednesday by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development shows women in every country still do far more unpaid work, like childcare and chores, than men.

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