International Women's Day events: How the world will stand with women

International Women's Day reveals divides
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  • This year's theme is #BeBoldForChange, and calls for a more inclusive world
  • Day not limited to marches as organizers urge people to avoid shopping

(CNN)The world is joining the call for action on International Women's Day, with various events planned Wednesday.

Organizers and allies are looking for creative ways to take part in the march for equality, galvanized by the election of Donald Trump and what they consider his policies against women.
"On International Women's Day, March 8th, women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity," organizers of Women's March say on their website.
    This year's theme for International Women's Day is #BeBoldForChange, and calls for a more inclusive world.
    Here are some ways people are marking the day that honors women worldwide:

    Marches, calls to action

    -- In New York, actress Anne Hathaway, a global goodwill ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver a keynote address at the world body.
    -- Crowds will gather for "A Day Without a Woman" march" at 12 p.m. at a corner of Central Park while others will head over to Trump Tower in protest of the President's policies.
    -- Not to be left out, women in the nation's capital will have a "Resist Trump" protest as well, starting at 11 a.m.
    -- House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats will honor the importance of women at 12:30 p.m. in DC. Another rally will call for an end to workplace violence and harassment, and to promote pay equality.
    -- Hillary Clinton and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan will be honored by Vital Voices at the Kennedy Center in DC for their work to help women and girls.
    -- In San Francisco, crowds will gather at 1 p.m. for a rally outside city hall. People will also gather at city hall for a "Day Without a Woman" rally at 3 p.m.
    -- In Ireland, thousands are expected to use the annual event to protest abortion laws in Dublin.
    -- In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Theresa May will host an event to mark the day. "I am delighted to be hosting a reception for women and men at Downing Street today to celebrate" International Women's Day," she tweeted.
    -- Marches will also be held Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland.
    -- The Canadian city of Toronto will host events to celebrate the day Saturday.
    -- Tokyo had a #BeBoldForChange day Tuesday.

    Wear red

    Others are calling for both men and women to wear red in solidarity with women worldwide.

    Call, smile

    -- Organizers are urging supporters to call senators and demand support for women's rights.
    -- Others are calling for simple forms of acknowledgment such as smiling at a fellow woman on the streets.

    "Day Without a Woman"

    The national strike movement, a "Day Without a Woman," on Wednesday coincides with International Women's Day. It aims to draw attention to inequities working women face compared to men, from wage disparity to harassment to job insecurity.
    Organizers are also urging women to avoid shopping for the day -- unless they are spending money at businesses owned by minorities and women.
    Not everyone will be joining the protesters. Some women say they can't afford to take a day off for "A Day without a Woman," which is part of the day's tribute.
    Some women will take a day off work to highlight the role of women. But not everyone is applauding.
    "The #adaywithoutwomen protestors should check their privilege. Many women have a family to feed and can't afford a day off," Kassy Dillon tweeted.
    Organizers are also urging women to avoid shopping for the day -- unless they are spending money at businesses owned by minorities and women.