(PIX11)-- Shouting "we want gender equality and we want it now, more than one thousand women and a few men marched for gender equality from the United Nations to Times Square as millions across the world rallied to demand changes on International Women's Day 2015.
"I am here because of my mom," Claudine Mukamabano, a Rwandan orphan told PIX 11. "She was killed in the Rwandan genocide and she believed in me and taught me to believe in myself."
From survivors of the genocide in Rwanda to older women rallying for recognition through the AARP, it was a day filled with messages of hope for change:
"Older women face issues of financial abuse," Erica Dhar, senior advisor AARP said. "Opportunities also in employment" are a problem.
Addressing marchers near the United Nations, the city's First Lady, self-proclaimed feminist Chirlaine McRae said International Women's Day commemorates the day in 1908 when thousands of women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.
Many marching now say we may have come along way but we still have a long way to go.
McGill student Jessica Mank said she was marching to give a youth perspective. "It is important to include everyone, men and women fighting for gender equality."