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Women at work around the world
Reuters photographers speak with women in a range of professions around the world about their experiences of gender inequality.
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March 02, 2017
Shinto priest Tomoe Ichino, 40, at the Imado Shrine in Tokyo, Japan: "In general, people think being...
Tokyo, Japan
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Shinto priest Tomoe Ichino, 40, at the Imado Shrine in Tokyo, Japan: "In general, people think being a Shinto priest is a man's profession. If you're a woman, they think you're a shrine maiden, or a supplementary priestess. People don't know women Shinto priests exist, so they think we can't perform rituals. Once, after I finished performing jiichinsai (ground-breaking ceremony), I was asked, 'So, when is the priest coming?'," Ichino said. "When I first began working as a Shinto priest, because I was young and female, some people felt the blessing was different. They thought: 'I would have preferred your grandfather.' At first, I wore my grandfather's light green garment because I thought it's better to look like a man. But after a while I decided to be proud of the fact that I am a female priest and I began wearing a pink robe, like today. I thought I can be more confident if I stop thinking too much (about my gender)." REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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March 02, 2017
Cristina Alvarez, 29, a butcher in Mexico City, Mexico: "I've never felt any gender inequality," Alvarez...
Mexico City, Mexico
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Cristina Alvarez, 29, a butcher in Mexico City, Mexico: "I've never felt any gender inequality," Alvarez said. "I believe women can do the same jobs as men and that there should be no discrimination." REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
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March 02, 2017
Jauna Diaz, 43, a street sweeper in Mexico City, Mexico: "In my previous job my boss gave preference...
Mexico City, Mexico
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Jauna Diaz, 43, a street sweeper in Mexico City, Mexico: "In my previous job my boss gave preference to male colleagues and women always were paid later. That's why I changed jobs," Diaz said. "To tackle gender inequality I think there needs to be more communication and information about women's rights in the work place." REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
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March 02, 2017
Ivonne Quintero, a chef in Mexico City, Mexico: "There are many limitations in the kitchen for being...
Mexico City, Mexico
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Ivonne Quintero, a chef in Mexico City, Mexico: "There are many limitations in the kitchen for being female. I had two men under my charge and they did not do what I asked them to do in the kitchen because I was a woman," said Quintero. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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March 02, 2017
Elizabeth Mamani, 36, a reporter working at Radio Union in Bolivia's national congress building in La...
La Paz, Bolivia
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Elizabeth Mamani, 36, a reporter working at Radio Union in Bolivia's national congress building in La Paz, Bolivia: "When I started in this job, I did feel discrimination (from officials who controlled the access of members of the press to events). To counter discrimination in this profession, we as women, must excel, we must prepare ourselves in every field," Mamani said. REUTERS/David Mercado
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March 02, 2017
Claudia Concha Parraguez, 45, a pole dancing instructor in Santiago, Chile: "Some students with low self-esteem...
Santiago, Chile
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Claudia Concha Parraguez, 45, a pole dancing instructor in Santiago, Chile: "Some students with low self-esteem smile more and feel beautiful after training. But because of the poor mentality of their husbands, who do not see this activity as a sport and associate it with something sexual, they stop attending classes," Parraguez said. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
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March 02, 2017
Yolaina Chavez Talavera, 31, a firefighter in Managua, Nicaragua: "In my early days as a female firefighter,...
Managua, Nicaragua
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Yolaina Chavez Talavera, 31, a firefighter in Managua, Nicaragua: "In my early days as a female firefighter, men, my team mates, thought that I would not last long in the organization due to the hard training. However, in practice I showed them that I am able to take on tasks at the same level as men. I think women must fight to break through in all areas, in the midst of the machismo that still persists in Nicaragua and in Hispanic countries," Talavera said. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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March 02, 2017
Rosa Amelia Mejia Reyes, 35, a newspaper seller at the Juan Pablo II Avenue in San Salvador, El Salvador:...
San Salvador, El Salvador
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Rosa Amelia Mejia Reyes, 35, a newspaper seller at the Juan Pablo II Avenue in San Salvador, El Salvador: "As a woman I have suffered many things, physical abuse from many people, I have suffered discrimination for selling on the street, even from my family. But in spite of everything, as a woman and as a single mother I have raised my children, I have been father and mother at the same time," Reyes said. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
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March 02, 2017
Aimee Pompa Bolivar, 43, a librarian at the Municipal Library Enrique Jose Varona in Havana, Cuba: "I...
Havana, Cuba
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Aimee Pompa Bolivar, 43, a librarian at the Municipal Library Enrique Jose Varona in Havana, Cuba: "I don't see gender gaps at work. Here all librarians are women," she said. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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March 02, 2017
Yanis Reina, 30, a gas station attendant in Caracas, Venezuela: "No doubt this is a job initially intended...
Caracas, Venezuela
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Yanis Reina, 30, a gas station attendant in Caracas, Venezuela: "No doubt this is a job initially intended for men, because you have to be standing on the street all your shift, it is dirty, greasy and there is always a strong gasoline smell. I have to adapt the pants of my uniform because they are men's and make me look weird but I adore my work. My clients are like my relatives, they come here everyday and we chat a couple of minutes while the tank is being filled. They come every day because they feel safer to be served by a woman," Reina said. "With the difficult situation that we have in Venezuela, having a job that covers your expenses is almost a luxury, but beyond that, I'm very proud of my job. I believe that now we, the women, have to be the warriors," Reina said. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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March 02, 2017
Luisana Quero Duran, 32, a veterinarian, treats Nacho, a Schnauzer, in Caracas, Venezuela: "The gender...
Caracas, Venezuela
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Luisana Quero Duran, 32, a veterinarian, treats Nacho, a Schnauzer, in Caracas, Venezuela: "The gender inequality that I'm aware of seems to me to be more on the part of the clients. To a certain extent, I am fortunate, having a university degree favors me a lot," Duran said. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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March 02, 2017
Ana Maria del Verdun Suarez, 27, a police officer in Montevideo City, Uruguay: "More women should be...
Montevideo, Uruguay
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Ana Maria del Verdun Suarez, 27, a police officer in Montevideo City, Uruguay: "More women should be able to have jobs that traditionally were considered only for men. I believe that discrimination comes sometimes from all of us, it comes from the inside. There are already many professions that were exclusively male and are now performed by women," Suarez said. REUTERS/Andres Stapff
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March 02, 2017
Lina Maria da Silva, 62, a babysitter, with the children she takes care of at her home in the Cantagalo...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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Lina Maria da Silva, 62, a babysitter, with the children she takes care of at her home in the Cantagalo slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: "I've never suffered mistreatment at work. I have always felt a lot of affection from the families I have worked with," Silva said. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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March 02, 2017
Rocio Larranaga, 53, a surfer and surf instructor at Redondo beach in Lima, Peru: "I am the first woman...
Lima, Peru
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Rocio Larranaga, 53, a surfer and surf instructor at Redondo beach in Lima, Peru: "I am the first woman to represent my country in national and international competitions since 1977," said Larranaga. "In 1995 I became a surf teacher. Lots of women surf and they are very good at it. I hope that in the future women have the same quota as men in professional competitions." REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
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March 02, 2017
Mado, 34, a Brazilian artist at Vila Madalena neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil: "Once a company did...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Mado, 34, a Brazilian artist at Vila Madalena neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil: "Once a company did not want to hire me to paint a mural because they said that women could not carry the work material (paint boxes, ladders)," Mado said. "I believe that things will only get better for all of us if men treat women equally." REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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March 02, 2017
Tara McCannel, 44, associate professor of ophthalmology, M.D., Ph.D., director of the ophthalmic oncology...
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
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Tara McCannel, 44, associate professor of ophthalmology, M.D., Ph.D., director of the ophthalmic oncology center at the UCLA Stein Eye Institute of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, California: "Women are held to a higher standard in knowledge, in abilities, in how the clinical practices go, in appearance," McCannel said. "Women just can't be themselves or just think: 'Oh I'm just going to do my work,' and focus on the job. There are these other things that need to be considered because it's not completely equal even though things are getting better." REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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March 02, 2017
Maxine Mallett, 52, a headteacher at Rutherford House School in south London, Britain: "The most stressful...
London, United Kingdom
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Maxine Mallett, 52, a headteacher at Rutherford House School in south London, Britain: "The most stressful time of my career was when I had children. Women who return to work after having a child are sometimes treated with suspicion, as if they now lack commitment to the school when it is quite the opposite," Mallett said. "We need to remove barriers and support all. Having a fulfilling career should not have to be a battle that you have to constantly fight." REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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March 02, 2017
Alice Temperley, 41, a fashion designer in London, Britain: "I don't think the fashion industry suffers...
London, United Kingdom
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Alice Temperley, 41, a fashion designer in London, Britain: "I don't think the fashion industry suffers from it (gender inequality) like other industries necessarily. I do think though, I have to say, there's not that many women designers because the intensity of being the designer and the seasons and the churn of it and having children and being a woman, I think that's why a lot of bigger designers are men. I don't think that's a sexist thing, I think you have to be very strong to be able to take the pace... There are different issues in our industry," Temperley said. REUTERS/Neil Hall
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March 02, 2017
Dr Catherine Reynolds, 37, a scientific researcher at Imperial College in London, Britain: "Women are...
London, United Kingdom
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Dr Catherine Reynolds, 37, a scientific researcher at Imperial College in London, Britain: "Women are very well represented at junior levels in Biological Sciences research. At a senior level it is still true that there are fewer female professors in science, but the gap is slowly closing," Reynolds said. "More policies that promote flexible working and that support staff in taking career breaks (both men and women) are an essential way in which it is possible for employees, especially those with young families, to realize their full potential in the workplace." REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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March 02, 2017
Cilene Connolly, 32, a Royal Mail postwoman during her postal round on a residential street in Coventry,...
Coventry, United Kingdom
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Cilene Connolly, 32, a Royal Mail postwoman during her postal round on a residential street in Coventry, Britain: "Fortunately, I haven't been faced with gender inequalities in my role as a postwoman," Connolly said. "I've had a great response from my customers for being a female delivering their post, women in particular are always pleasantly surprised to see a female face." REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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March 02, 2017
Sarah Hunter, 31, England women's rugby captain and RFU University Rugby Development Officer for the...
London, United Kingdom
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Sarah Hunter, 31, England women's rugby captain and RFU University Rugby Development Officer for the South West in West London, Britain: "I think that if we're the right person for the right job in the workplace then so be it and the same for men," Hunter said. "I've worked for the RFU, and being what is deemed as a male sport perhaps in the past, I was welcomed into that environment and I personally haven't experienced gender inequality in the workplace, so I think that I've been very fortunate in the career that I've had and in the jobs that I've had that I've been seen for the person that I am and not for the gender that I am." REUTERS/Henry Browne
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March 02, 2017
Rosalina Dallago, 52, a former model, poses in Sciuscia Chic, one of three three shoeshine shops she...
Rome, Italy
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Rosalina Dallago, 52, a former model, poses in Sciuscia Chic, one of three three shoeshine shops she owns in Rome, Italy. One of her shops is a tiny space on a narrow alleyway and is frequented mostly by lawmakers from the House of Parliament just around the corner. Her most loyal customers are legislators who stop by early in the morning on their way in. "Sciuscia" is the fractured phonetic pronunciation that poor street urchins in Naples would shout out to U.S. soldiers after World War Two to ask them if they wanted their shoes shined. "My customers see me as a professional before they see me as a woman," said Dallago. "Mothers should instil a sense of gender equality in their sons." REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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March 02, 2017
Raquel Gomez Delgado, 43, a marine fishing inspector in Huelva, Spain: "In my opinion the only way to...
PUERTO DEL MORAL, Spain
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Raquel Gomez Delgado, 43, a marine fishing inspector in Huelva, Spain: "In my opinion the only way to end gender inequality is through education in schools and bringing us examples of equality (in the media)," Delgado said. REUTERS/Juan Medina
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March 02, 2017
Ana Maria Garcia, 58, a chef, poses for a photograph while her co-workers prepare the daily lunch for...
RONDA, Spain
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Ana Maria Garcia, 58, a chef, poses for a photograph while her co-workers prepare the daily lunch for students at a dinning room of a primary school in Ronda, near Malaga, southern Spain: "Women in some professions are protected. For example, in my workplace the men help women to move the heavy and big pots with food," Garcia said. "I think that gender inequality is more in men than in women in my workplace. I think we're creating lazy people." REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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March 02, 2017
Paloma Granero, 38, a skydiving instructor inside the wind tunnel at Windobona indoor skydiving in Madrid,...
Madrid, Spain
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Paloma Granero, 38, a skydiving instructor inside the wind tunnel at Windobona indoor skydiving in Madrid, Spain: "Men don't have to prove themselves like we do. We are tested every day," Granero said. "The instruction jobs still go mostly to men, whereas the administrative jobs go mostly to women." REUTERS/Susana Vera
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March 02, 2017
Gabriela Santos, 26, a driver of carriages for tourists in Lisbon, Portugal: "In my work it is better...
Lisbon, Portugal
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Gabriela Santos, 26, a driver of carriages for tourists in Lisbon, Portugal: "In my work it is better to be a woman than a man. Women have more sensitivity with horses. That is why employers prefer to hire women. Also tourists prefer a carriage driven by a woman," Santos said. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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March 02, 2017
Valerie Perron, 53, an oyster farmer in Andernos, Southwestern France: "It must not be forgotten that...
Andernos, France
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Valerie Perron, 53, an oyster farmer in Andernos, Southwestern France: "It must not be forgotten that it is women, moms, who raise the boys. It is therefore up to us to change the mentalities by raising the boys at their youngest age, in a spirit of parity and equality with the woman. We must change the mentalities of early childhood education. A boy can play with dolls and a little girl with small cars," Perron said. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
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March 02, 2017
Emilie Jeannin, 37, a cow breeder with her Charolais cows in Beurizot, France: "Once I could not help...
BEURIZOT, France
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Emilie Jeannin, 37, a cow breeder with her Charolais cows in Beurizot, France: "Once I could not help laughing when an agricultural advisor asked me, where the boss was, when I was standing right in front of him. I can assure you that the meeting got very quickly cut short!," Jeannin said. "Being a breeder is seen as a man's job. In the past women were usually doing the administrative work or low level tasks. People need to be more open minded. This change needs to happen everywhere not just on the fields." REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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March 02, 2017
Merylee, 26, a soldier in Nice, France: "The parity in the army already exists, it is the uniform that...
Nice, France
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Merylee, 26, a soldier in Nice, France: "The parity in the army already exists, it is the uniform that takes precedence over gender," Merylee said. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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March 02, 2017
Swiss President and Minister of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Doris Leuthard, 54,...
Bern, Switzerland
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Swiss President and Minister of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Doris Leuthard, 54, poses for a photograph on top of a roof next the Swiss Parliament in Bern, Switzerland. Leuthard said she still sees gender inequality occur in the workplace. "Salaries. The differences between wages of men and women can be up to 20 percent. It happens to many women. Transparency helps, discussions about salaries are important. In upper management and leading positions in politics we still seem to be the minority. I encourage women to work on their career." REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
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March 02, 2017
Opening Doors Malta artistic director and dance practitioner Sandra Mifsud, 43, in Mosta, Malta: "In...
Mosta, Malta
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Opening Doors Malta artistic director and dance practitioner Sandra Mifsud, 43, in Mosta, Malta: "In the world of professional dance, I've read about and I know of many more established male choreographers than female choreographers. I also know of many more female dancers than male dancers, the latter is the result of life choices as well as taboos associated with males and dance," Mifsud said. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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March 02, 2017
Aneta Lukasiewicz, 33, a hairdresser in Warsaw, Poland: "From my observation in this job there are more...
Warsaw, Poland
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Aneta Lukasiewicz, 33, a hairdresser in Warsaw, Poland: "From my observation in this job there are more women hairdressers then men in Poland. But I think the number of male hairdressers is growing. From my experience women clients even prefer to have their hair cut by men, sometimes the reason is curiosity, but also it's a fashion." REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
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March 02, 2017
Ivana, 32, a community manager in Belgrade, Serbia,: "Mainly you can see these (gender) gaps in state...
Belgrade, Serbia
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Ivana, 32, a community manager in Belgrade, Serbia,: "Mainly you can see these (gender) gaps in state companies, which are relics of socialism. It is that standard belief where women are 'the best' at being secretaries," Ivana said. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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March 02, 2017
Lejla Selimovic, 34, a furniture restorer at her workshop Wood Surgery in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina:...
Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Lejla Selimovic, 34, a furniture restorer at her workshop Wood Surgery in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina: "In my country this is an unusual profession for a woman, but so far I have not met anyone seeing it in a negative context. People are often surprised, but essentially only interested in a job well done," she said. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
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March 02, 2017
Ekaterine Kvlividze, 30, a military pilot captain, poses in front of a Georgian Air Force UH-1H helicopter...
Tbilisi, Georgia
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Ekaterine Kvlividze, 30, a military pilot captain, poses in front of a Georgian Air Force UH-1H helicopter in Tbilisi, Georgia. Kvlividze joined the Georgian Air Forces in 2007. "There were some difficulties at the beginning, I felt some irony, cynicism. I felt they did not appreciate me. But, thank God, during the last 10 years society has changed and nowadays a woman pilot is a normal thing." REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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March 02, 2017
Serpil Cigdem, 44, an engine driver at Yenikapi station in Istanbul, Turkey: "When I applied for a job...
Istanbul, Turkey
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Serpil Cigdem, 44, an engine driver at Yenikapi station in Istanbul, Turkey: "When I applied for a job 23 years ago as an engine driver, I was told that it is a profession for men. I knew that during the written examination even if I got the same results with a male candidate, he would have been chosen. That's why I worked hard to pass the exam with a very good result ahead of the male candidates. In my opinion, gender inequality starts in our minds saying it's a male profession or it's a men job," said Cigdem. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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March 02, 2017
Julia Argunova, 36, a mountaineering instructor in the Tien Shan mountains near Almaty, Kazakhstan: "Physical...
Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Julia Argunova, 36, a mountaineering instructor in the Tien Shan mountains near Almaty, Kazakhstan: "Physical strength benefits male colleagues in some situations on harder routes. But, women are more concentrated and meticulous. In general, women are better at teaching. My main professional task is to teach safe mountaineering." REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 02, 2017
Pilot Maria Uvarovskaya in the A320 flight simulator at the Aeroflot training centre at Sheremetyevo...
Sheremetyevo, Russia
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Pilot Maria Uvarovskaya in the A320 flight simulator at the Aeroflot training centre at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia: "Much more can be done by the women themselves to solve such problems (gender inequality)," said Uvarovskaya. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
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March 02, 2017
Jeung Un, 27, a freelance photographer, poses for a portrait at a site which protesters have occupied,...
Seoul, South Korea
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Jeung Un, 27, a freelance photographer, poses for a portrait at a site which protesters have occupied, in central Seoul, South Korea: "Most news outlets prefer to employ male photographers. I feel strongly about gender inequality. When I cover violent scenes, sometimes I am harassed and hear sexually biased remarks," Un said. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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March 02, 2017
Deng Qiyan, 47, a mother of three and a decoration worker at construction sites in Beijing, China: "Sometimes...
Beijing, China
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Deng Qiyan, 47, a mother of three and a decoration worker at construction sites in Beijing, China: "Sometimes (gender inequality) happens. But we cannot do anything about that. After all, you have to digest all those unhappy things and carry on," Qiyan said. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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March 02, 2017
Januka Shrestha, 25, a Tuk Tuk driver in Kathmandu, Nepal: "There is no difference in a vehicle driven...
Kathmandu, Nepal
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Januka Shrestha, 25, a Tuk Tuk driver in Kathmandu, Nepal: "There is no difference in a vehicle driven by a woman and man. While driving on the road people sometimes try to dominate a vehicle especially when they see a woman driving it. People have even used foul language toward me. When this happens I keep quiet and work even harder to prove that we are as capable as men," Shrestha said. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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March 02, 2017
Phung Thi Hai, 54, carries bricks at a factory outside Hanoi, Vietnam. Hai is among a group of 25 women...
Hanoi, Vietnam
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Phung Thi Hai, 54, carries bricks at a factory outside Hanoi, Vietnam. Hai is among a group of 25 women working at a brick factory where she has to move 3,000 bricks a day to the kiln. "How unfair that a 54-year-old woman like me has to work and take care of the whole family. With the same work male laborers can get a better income. Not only me, all women in the village work very hard with no education, no insurance and no future," Hai said. REUTERS/Kham
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March 02, 2017
Ram, 46, has a stall at the flower market in Bangkok, Thailand: "In this market men do the hard jobs,...
Bangkok, Thailand
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Ram, 46, has a stall at the flower market in Bangkok, Thailand: "In this market men do the hard jobs, they carry heavy things, load trucks," said Ram. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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March 02, 2017
Mehwish Ekhlaque, 26, a bike rider and trainer in Karachi, Pakistan: "When I planned a Pakistan Bike...
Karachi, Pakistan
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Mehwish Ekhlaque, 26, a bike rider and trainer in Karachi, Pakistan: "When I planned a Pakistan Bike Tour, many of my male colleagues gave me a piece of advice not to do it as it's neither safe nor easy for a woman. But I did it," Ekhlaque said. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
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March 02, 2017
Yuniko Chung, 24, a video game broadcaster in Taipei, Taiwan: "I always hear people say that they never...
Taipei, Taiwan
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Yuniko Chung, 24, a video game broadcaster in Taipei, Taiwan: "I always hear people say that they never watch female gaming broadcasters as they rely only on their appearance rather than skills. I am not that type of broadcaster. I can play along with men. I am not using my face and my gender as advantage," said Chung. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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March 02, 2017
Filipina Grace Ocol, 40, is a backhoe operator in Tubay, Agusan del Sur, southern Philippines. Ocol,...
Manila, Philippines
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Filipina Grace Ocol, 40, is a backhoe operator in Tubay, Agusan del Sur, southern Philippines. Ocol, a mother of three, said, "There are a few female workers that can drive big trucks and backhoe. If men can do it, why can't women do it? I'm better than the men, they can only drive trucks here but I can drive both." REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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March 02, 2017
Liz Azoulay, 26, who loads and unloads cargo at Ashdod port in Ashdod, southern Israel: "In most of my...
Ashdod, Israel
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Liz Azoulay, 26, who loads and unloads cargo at Ashdod port in Ashdod, southern Israel: "In most of my professional life I did not face any inequality. In the port of Ashdod we are equal on the docks. I am the first woman who began working at the Ashdod port as a stevedore." REUTERS/Amir Cohen
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March 02, 2017
Khawla Sheikh, 54, a plumber and a certified trainer, poses at her home's basement, where she gives plumbing...
Amman, Jordan
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Khawla Sheikh, 54, a plumber and a certified trainer, poses at her home's basement, where she gives plumbing training courses to other women, in Amman, Jordan: "Housewives are more comfortable to have a woman plumber in their house in the absence of their husbands," said Sheikh. "To tackle gender inequality, I think that all operating sectors must provide equal opportunities for men and women in all fields and each woman must believe in her capabilities and skills that she has in order to convince the others." REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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March 02, 2017
Laila Sterk, 22, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) female fighter in Hasaka, northeastern Syria: "Before...
HASAKA, Syria
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Laila Sterk, 22, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) female fighter in Hasaka, northeastern Syria: "Before becoming a fighter, I was suffering from inequality in society. But after joining the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), I didn't encounter that anymore," said Sterk. "This is due to the fact that when men want to join the SDF they attend educational courses about women fighting alongside them. Therefore the woman fighter leads the military campaigns just like any man." REUTERS/Rodi Said
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March 02, 2017
Christine Akoth, 38, a metal painter in Nairobi, Kenya: "I have experienced gender bias at my work where...
Nairobi, Kenya
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Christine Akoth, 38, a metal painter in Nairobi, Kenya: "I have experienced gender bias at my work where sometimes I'm denied contracts because of who I am and maybe my marital status. Some female colleagues have been treated unfairly because of their sex and even exploited," Akoth said. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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March 02, 2017
Samah Abdelaty, 38, a writer and chief of the investigations department at Al Watan Newspaper in Cairo,...
Cairo, Egypt
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Samah Abdelaty, 38, a writer and chief of the investigations department at Al Watan Newspaper in Cairo, Egypt: "On the issue of gender equality in my field I do not remember any discrimination against me working in the field of journalism," Abdelaty said. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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March 02, 2017
Chrifa Nimri, 69, a fisherwoman, arranges a net after returning from fishing at the seaport Sidi Bou...
SIDI BOU SAID, Tunisia
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Chrifa Nimri, 69, a fisherwoman, arranges a net after returning from fishing at the seaport Sidi Bou Said, in Tunis, Tunisia: "At the beginning of my fishing career all the world told me that the trade was for men but now all my colleagues respect and call me captain," Chrifa said. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
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