In the ring, battling flames or lifting off into space, women have entered professions generally considered as men's jobs. To mark the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8, 2018, AFP met with women breaking down the barriers of gender-bias in the work world by performing roles or working in professions more traditionally held by men. Here is a selection of those women. <br><br>Huda Salem, a 20-year-old member of the Iraqi national weightlifting team, lifts weights as she trains at a gym in Baghdad, Feb. 22, 2018.
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Professional wrestler Cristal (Crystal) poses for a photograph in her training gym, Feb. 09, 2018, in Mexico city, Mexico.
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Shaimaa Othman Al-Najdi, access network and rollout senior director at Ooredoo Kuwait and the first female engineering to work in Kuwait's telecommunications industry, poses for a picture in her office in Kuwait City, March 7, 2018.
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Nicol Gomez, 37, guardian at the La Esperanza prison poses for a portrait in front a group of prisoners practicing yoga in San Salvador, El Salvador, March 4, 2018.
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Ana Cristina, 44, tram driver for 20 years, poses for a portrait inside a tram in Lisbon, Feb. 28, 2018.
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Ana Sousa, 45, TAP Air Portugal pilot for 11 years, poses for a portrait at a TAP hangar in Lisbon, Feb. 28, 2018.
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Spanish referee Elena Pelaez Arnillas, 23, poses for a portrait at the Otero stadium in Palencia, Spain, March 3, 2018.
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Maria Jose Martienz Ortiz, 43, Spanish firefighter poses for a portrait in the Fuente San Luis fire station facilities in Valencia, Spain, Feb. 28, 2018.
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Houssa Nientao, 64, one of the few female marabouts in Bamako, Mali, poses for a portrait in a room at her home, Feb. 20, 2018.
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Heather Marold Thomason, butcher and founder of Primal Supply Meats, poses for a picture in her company's dry-aging room, March 2, 2018, in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.
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French chef Anne-Sophie Pic, the only female three-starred Michelin chef in France and one of a handful in the world, poses for a portrait, March 2, 2018, in the kitchen of her restaurant, "La maison Pic," in Valence, France.
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First Albino female prisons officer Nomatter Mashaire, 32, stands in a corridor at the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) headquarters, Feb. 22, 2018, in Harare, Zimbabwe.
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Spanish Legionnaire Rosa Galvez, 36, poses for a portrait at the Spanish Legion military base Alvarez de Sotomayor in Viator, Spain, March 2, 2018.
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French rejoneadora, a mounted bullfighter who uses a lance, Lea Vincens, 33, poses for a portrait at the Aracena bullring in Huelva, Spain, Feb. 25, 2018.
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Locomotive, or "mule", operator, Glaciela Shreeves, 53, poses for a portrait at the Panama Canal's Pedro Miguel Locks, where she works towing ships through the locks, on the outskirts of Panama City, Panama, Feb. 22, 2018.
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