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Story highlights

Protesters were in Mexico and as far away as Antarctica

Marches also took place in London, Paris, Cape Town and Sydney

(CNN) —  

The Women’s March extended beyond the United States, as similar protests cropped up around the world over women’s rights and other issues the marchers fear could be under threat from Donald Trump’s presidency.

Although the focus of the day was the Women’s March on Washington, many people attended the hundreds of “sister marches” that occurred around the US and the globe.

Women and men in cities including Sydney, Berlin, London, Paris, Nairobi and Cape Town, marched in solidarity with the marchers in Washington and in opposition to the values they think Trump represents.

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Near and far

A crowd of people gathered near the US Embassy in Mexico City on Saturday, shutting down the street and holding signs.

Protesters in Mexico City demonstrated outside the US Embassy.
Protesters in Mexico City demonstrated outside the US Embassy.
PHOTO: Lonzo Cook/CNN

“Say it loud, say it clear, migrants are welcome here,” they shouted.

Not all of the protesters were Mexican. Some Americans were there, too, in a show of solidarity.

One man told CNN, “It’s a little strange to have this kind of shame and lack of pride for what direction the United States is heading in.”

A “pro-peace, pro-environment” march also took place on Antarctica. Twitter user Linda Zunas posted pictures of people there taking part in the global event.

“Love rules in Antarctica,” read one poster, held by a man bundled up on the snowy landscape in Paradise Bay.

“We are allies, not bystanders,” read another sign, held by a woman posing in front of a glacier.

‘Girl Power vs. Trump Tower’

Australia was the scene of the day’s first major international march, with thousands joining an anti-Trump demonstration in downtown Sydney.

Marchers rally in Sydney in support of women
Marchers rally in Sydney in support of women's rights.
PHOTO: Andrew Murray/AFP/Getty Images

Organizers said as many as 5,000 people attended the protest at Martin Place; police estimated the number was closer to 3,000.

Chants from the crowd included “Women united will never be defeated” and “When women’s rights are under attack, what do we do, stand up, fight back.” Some carried banners with messages such as “Girl Power vs. Trump Tower” and “Dump the Trump.”

A small group holds a pro-Trump rally Saturday in Australia
A small group holds a pro-Trump rally Saturday in Australia's largest city.
PHOTO: CNN/Eliza Berlage

A separate group of about 30 Trump supporters held a rally in Sydney. The police restrained some of them, blocking them from entering the same area as the Trump protest group.

Protest organizers in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, said about 700 people turned out there for a women’s march. Marches were also held in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Protesters also joined together to march in Nairobi, Kenya – the African nation that was the native country of former President Barack Obama’s father.

Marchers in Cape Town, South Africa, carried banners with slogans such as “Climate change is a women’s issue” and “So over mediocre men running things.”

Other African nations staging women’s marches included Ghana and Malawi.

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Europe marches

Big crowds turned out Saturday in dozens of cities across Europe, with marchers including men, women and children.

Protesters who gathered outside one of Rome’s most famous structures, the Pantheon, on Saturday morning carried signs reading “Yes we must” and “Women’s rights are human rights.”

Demonstrators also took to the streets of Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and other cities in Germany.

Katy Rea, who was at the march in Berlin, told CNN: “There are around 1,000 people. Lots of families, children. Very friendly atmosphere. Some police are present, but it’s tame and relaxed.”

Marches also took place in cities up and down the United Kingdom, from London to Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh.

In London, large crowds joined a two-mile march starting outside the US Embassy and ending with a rally in the city’s historic Trafalgar Square.

Marcher Victoria Dawson told CNN the atmosphere was “positive, inclusive, electric.”

Women’s rights weren’t the only issue on the agenda, with placards also bearing slogans to do with Brexit, nuclear weapons, workers’ rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

Speakers at Trafalgar Square told the crowds at least 100,000 people had turned out. London’s Metropolitan Police do not provide crowd estimates, but aerial footage showed large numbers of people gathered in the square.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan – who before the US presidential election told CNN that Trump’s views of Islam were “ignorant” – posted a tweet encouraging Londoners to join the march and “show how much we value the rights every woman should have.”

In Paris, demonstrators gathered near the iconic Eiffel Tower before marching through the streets waving flags and banners.

“A woman’s place is in the house – the White House,” read one pink poster at the Paris event.

Other French cities including Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux were also holding events.

Protesters march in Marseille, France, in solidarity with women in Washington and around the world.
Protesters march in Marseille, France, in solidarity with women in Washington and around the world.
PHOTO: BORIS HORVAT/AFP/AFP/Getty Images

Protesters in Barcelona, Spain, chanted “We will not be silent” and “My body, my choice” as they marched.

On Friday night, a crowd of predominantly female protesters gathered in Brussels, Belgium, to denounce sexism and protest against Trump.

Marches also took place in Greece, Kosovo, the Czech Republic and Georgia.

CNN’s Melissa Gray, Lonzo Cook, Leyla Santiago, Rebecca Wright and Alison Daye contributed to this report.