By Sanskrity Sinha | March 6, 2012 7:00 PM EST

International Women's Day 2012: Not-So-Common Lives of ‘Common’ Women Around the World (PHOTOS)

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Ninjutsu practitioners prepare for a sword drill as members of various Ninjutsu schools showcase their skills to the media at a park in Karaj, 45 km (28 miles) northwest of Tehran Feb. 13, 2012. Currently about 3000 to 3500 women train in Ninjutsu in independently run clubs throughout Iran working under the supervision of the Ministry of Sports' Martial Arts Federation. All Ninjutsu-practicing women in Iran will observe International Women's day on March 8. (REUTERS/Caren Firouz/)