International Women’s Day 2019: celebrations and protests take place around the globe – live

Women take part in a candlelight vigil to mark International Women’s Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photograph: Rehman Asad/Barcroft Images..

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has tweeted to mark International Women’s Day. He highlights a speech by the party’s shadow secretary of state for women and equalities, Dawn Butler, in which she announces their policy on flexible working. She quotes “the philosopher” Dolly Parton.

Dawn Butler has marked IWD by tweeting a picture of the African-American abolitionist and women’s rights campaigner Sojourner Truth. She is famous for, among other things, her “Ain’t I a Woman” speech (see below).

Owen Bowcott
The Guardian’s legal affairs correspondent, Owen Bowcott, reports on gender inequality within the legal profession –

Almost two-thirds of those becoming solicitors last year were women but fewer than a third are partners in senior professional positions, the Law Society has revealed in new figures released to mark International Women’s Day.

Significant regional disparaties ain the pattern of appointments are beginning to emerge in patterns of employment, according to the organisation that represents solicitors across England and Wales.

Within the jurisdiction, 62.2% of new solicitors in 2018 were women but only 30.8% of partners in private practice are women. In Eastern England and the South-East, as many as 37% of partners are women whereas in London the figure was only around 28%.

“2019 is the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, which allowed women to train as solicitors, serve as magistrates and sit on juries,” said the Law Society’s president,” Christina Blacklaws. “The profession has made great strides over the past hundred years but there is still a long journey to gender equality, particularly senior levels in certain regions of England and Wales.”

Blacklaws added: “More than half of the respondents we interviewed in our survey on women in the law cited perceived unconscious bias as the greatest barrier to women’s career progression with an overwhelming 91% saying flexible working is critical to improving diversity.”