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Female Iranian spectators cheer as they wave their country's flag during a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, at the Azadi stadium, in Tehran, Iran, Oct. 16, 2018. In a rare move, authorities allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium to watch a men's soccer match.
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13 Powerful Photos of Activism and Resilience From Around the World This Week

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Communities around the world spoke out and called for change this week as they protested for climate action, Indigenous rights, and gender equality.

In Toulouse, France, thousands of people attended the March for the Climate on Saturday and made their way to the city center as a human chain bearing signs that read: "It's still time." The massive demonstration comes less than two weeks after a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) offered a dire prognosis on climate change and called for serious global action.

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On the other side of the world, the Mapuche — a large indigenous group that has been historically marginalized in Chile — took to the streets of Santiago. Protesters waved Mapuche flags and some wore traditional clothing in celebration of their culture.

Meanwhile, women in Iran engaged in a different kind of protest by attending a men's soccer game — which is typically against law and custom in the country — and made their voices heard.

Women in Ethiopia also celebrated a victory for gender equality. The country took a major leap forward as its government swore in newly appointed ministers, half of whom are women.

While many gathered to resist social and environmental injustices many communities showed resilience amidst displacement and uncertainty this week. As refugees continue to flee violent conflict in Syria and Central America, thousands of people from Florida to Indonesia have been driven from their homes by extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change.

These are some of the most powerful images of scenes from across the world this week.


Central-America-Immigration-US.jpgA Honduran migrant and child arrives to Esquipulas, Guatemala, Oct. 15, 2018, as they make their way to the U.S. with a caravan of other migrants.
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1. Central America Immigration: A Honduran migrant and child arrives to Esquipulas, Guatemala, Oct. 15, as they make their way to the US with a caravan of other migrants. The Guatemalan police blocked the road of the caravan for several hours before allowing the migrants to continue on their way. Many migrants in the caravan are looking for better employment opportunities in Mexico or the United States, while others fear for their life from violence that has plagued Honduras, and indend to apply for asylum in Mexico or the US.

2. Syria: Pupils gather in front of a classroom at a school in the city of Harim in the rebel-held northern countryside of Syria's Idlib province on Oct. 15. The school building which presents many hazards mainly due to neglect hosts about 600 pupils, mostly children of Syrians displaced from various areas in the conflict-struck country.

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3. Hurricane Michael: Kevin Parker, center right, sits with his wife Lilith, while playing a song he wrote titled "My Life's Been Hell," on the keyboard while joined by neighbor Chris Thomas outside the damaged American Quality Lodge where they continue to live in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, in Panama City, Floriday, on Oct. 16, 2018. The tropical weather that turned into monster Hurricane Michael began as a relatively humble storm before rapidly blossoming into the most powerful cyclone ever to hit the Florida Panhandle, causing wrenching scenes of widespread destruction. As climate change accelerates around the world, tropical storms are getting stronger and more destructive, putting coastal communities at risk. 

4. Climate March in Toulouse: After the IPCC report on the difference between 1.5 degrees Celcius and 2 degrees Celcius of global warming, the organizers of the March for the Climate organized another march in Toulouse with the motto "It's still time" on Oct. 13. Thousands of people took part to the gathering then to the human chain. They were blocked by riot police as they wanted to go to the city center.

5. Indigenous Group in Chile: A Chilean Mapuche demonstrates in support of the Mapuche resistance in Santiago, on Oct. 14. Mapuches are Chile's largest Indigenous group. 

6. Windfarm in Scotland: Barnacle geese on the Solway Firth, against a backdrop of the Robin Rigg offshore windfarm, on Oct. 15 in Dumfries, Scotland. Tens of thousands of barnacle geese return to the Solway each autumn from their breeding grounds in the Svalbard archipelago inside the arctic circle.

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7. Royals in Australia: Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, meet Ruby a mother Koala who gave birth to koala joey Meghan, named after Her Royal Highness, with a second joey named Harry after His Royal Highness during a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, Oct. 16. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. Koala's get all of the nutrients they need to survive from eucalyptus leaves, but climate change is altering the composition of the leaves, "making them less nutritious and offering less water," according to Earth Hour. 

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8. Autumn in Germany: People collect pumpkins on a field in the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany as the sun sets on Oct. 18. The scene is a good reminder of nature's beauty and what we stand to lose from climate change and environmental degradation. 

9. Women in Government: Ethiopia's newly appointed ministers take their oath of office on Oct. 16, at the parliament in the capital Addis Ababa. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed unveiled a downsized cabinet where, in a first, half the members are women, a top official said.

10. Flooding in Indonesia: An Indonesian boy plays with an inflated car tube in front of a house in a flooded area following after heavy rains in Teunom in Aceh province on Oct. 16.

11. Northern Lights: The aurora borealis, also known as Northern Lights, is seen over Godafoss waterfall, in the municipality of Thingeyjarsveit, east of Akureyri, in northern Iceland on Oct. 14.

12. Weather in Nicaragua: A boy runs following heavy rains in the Pacific Coast, in Teustepe, Boaco, some 60 kilometers from Managua, on Oct. 16. Nicaragua decreed a red alert for heavy rains affecting the country in six departments and two autonomous regions. 

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13. Women in Iran:  Female Iranian spectators cheer as they wave their country's flag during a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, at the Azadi stadium, in Tehran, Iran, Oct. 16. In a rare move, authorities allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium to watch a men's soccer match. In Iran women are not allowed to watch men's soccer matches in stadiums, though they have occasionally been allowed to watch volleyball and basketball in stadiums.