Two women were fired for supporting the 24-hour strike among their coworkers in Telemark.
As thousands of students marched in Milan on Thursday morning, one group broke off to chant slogans in front of a hospital, protesting the majority of Italian doctors who refuse to perform abortions, even though it is legal.
She said: "In these days we have been having incredibly respectful and incredible debates there, about wage gap, about caretaking and our jobs".
The strike aimed to call attention to Spain's persistent gender wage gap, domestic violence and sex discrimination in the workplace.
At rallies in Pakistan's largest cities, women denounced male violence.
However Spain's two main unions - the CCOO and UGT - have called on their members to stop work for only two hours yesterday. One protest leader, Jean Enriquez, condemned Mr. Duterte's remarks against women, including one in which he asked troops to shoot female communist rebels in the genitals.
Dressed in pink and purple T-shirts, the women protested the operations of the anti-drug campaign promoted by the president, Rodrigo Duterte, which has left more than seven thousand dead in nearly two years, according to official data. While the bishop of San Sebastián, José Ignacio Munilla, said Christianity was opposed to radical feminism because it has lost sight of "the true feminine cause" and made victims of women.
Women in Spain organized massive protests and traditional "piquetes", the information brigades aiming to convince fellow workers of striking in support of the common struggle.
In Italy, actress Asia Argento, who helped sparked the #MeToo campaign past year, said she is launching a new movement, #WeToo, to unite women against a power imbalance favoring men.
In Seoul, hundreds of women and men held placards bearing the hashtag #MeToo, in a sign that the country had been swept up by the global movement against sexual harassment and assault.
In Uganda, where domestic violence is common and often goes unreported, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni urged men to stop abusing their wives.
The International Women's Day Strike hosted a number of high-profile speakers, including Dolores Huerta of Farm Workers Union fame, actress Mimi Kennedy, Black Lives Matter/LA and Emiliana Guereca of Women's March LA.