In celebration of International Women’s Day today, hundreds of women (700+) with babies, strollers, dogs, and a few men in tow gathered in Norrmalmstorg, then headed down Hamngatan, past Kungsträdgården towards Sergels torg – the center of Stockholm in what is called Barnvagnsmarschen (Babystroller March) – organized by Unite For Women. The march also took place in 18 other cities across the country.
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International Women's Day in Sweden

1. Gathering in the square Hundreds of women gathered in Norrmalmstorg to prep their strollers, bundle up their babies, and get ready for the march. Norrmalmstorg is well known for a 1973 hostage crisis which produced the term - Stockholm syndrome.

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International Women's Day in Sweden

2. Handing out signs White picket boards with messages like "Aid helps" and "Childbirth - The most dangerous day in a woman's life" were brought to the rally while some were also handed out.

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International Women's Day in Sweden

3. Literature and condoms Condoms as well as whitepapers on Global Sexual Politics were made available for free by RFSU Unite For Women.

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International Women's Day in Sweden

4. Mothers and babies Hundreds of new mothers - likely on their one-year maternity leave - came in droves with babies ranging from a few months to 2 years old.

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International Women's Day in Sweden

5. Getting ready to march Women of all ages along with their strollers queue behind the leading banner which reads "Stop Maternal Mortality" to start the march.

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International Women's Day in Sweden

6. Custom designed stroller covers The matching blue cover used on strollers was designed by illustrator Stina Wirsén.

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International Women's Day in Sweden

7. Red roses Red roses were also handed out and carried in celebration of women worldwide.

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International Women's Day in Sweden

8. White Ribbon Alliance Representatives from the international coalition - White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood - also made appearances carrying a large blue banner on behalf of the organization.

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International Women's Day in Sweden

9. More signs Mothers carrying packards that read (from left to right) - "Childbirth - The most dangerous day in a woman's life", "Afghanistan - 1 in 11 women die during pregnancy", and "Pregnancy is not a disease".

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International Women's Day in Sweden

10. Multi-tasking Several women used the opportunity to walk their dogs too.

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International Women's Day in Sweden

11. Strolling down Hamngatan The march led the women from Norrmalmstorg down Hamngatan - a shopping street - in central Stockholm towards Sergels torg - the heart of the city.

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International Women's Day in Sweden

12. Strolling down Hamngatan - Another view Strollers lining Hamngatan and marching alongside traffic towards Sergels torg.

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