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Kathmandu's Female Rickshaw Driver
Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
10 Mar 2016

"Driving it is all about confidence. Without that it is almost impossible” says Brinda, a 47 year old Nepali, and an electric powered 'Tempo' driver (rickshaw is usually called 'Tempo' in Nepal). Introduced in Nepal in the early 1990s, the electric three-wheel rickshaw is a clean alternative solution to the high polluting diesel powered tempo.
These small vehicles operate as a collective minibus, which can transport up to 12 passengers including the driver. Each tempo uses two big sets of batteries that provide Brinda with enough power for eight round trips on her 16 km circle route from Kathmandu Mall to Galfutar, a nearby town in the Kathmandu valley.
Brinda is a successful mother and business woman, working for almost 14 hours a day from 5.30 am to 7 pm. She manages to have a daily income of 30 USD. Out of that she has to pay expenses for battery recharges, drivers labor union organization fees and parking fees, a total of 7 USD per day.

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Shadows on Silk - 01
Surin, Thailand
By Gloria Kurnik
30 Apr 2013

Isaan, Thailand. The dry season stretches far beyond what’s normal. In hope for rain men head to the fields to prepare them for sowing. Women wait at home.

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Shadows on Silk - 02
Surin, Thailand
By Gloria Kurnik
30 Apr 2013

Isaan, Thailand. Houses around Surin in Thailand were once a hub of cottage silk production. A housewife was taking care of each step, from rearing worms to weaving.

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Shadows on Silk - 03
Surin, Thailand
By Gloria Kurnik
30 Apr 2013

Isaan, Thailand. Pimnipa chats with her aunt about global warming. This is a really “hot” topic in the village nowadays. Both women once used to rear silkworms.

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Shadows on Silk - 04
Surin, Thailand
By Gloria Kurnik
30 Apr 2013

Isaan, Thailand. A woman shows off her sericulture. Traditionally, the threshing floor is wetted to keep the temperature down. Modern appliances like AC had been installed to fight the rising temperatures.

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Shadows on Silk - 06
Surin, Thailand
By Gloria Kurnik
30 Apr 2013

Isaan, Thailand. As silkworms feed only on the fresh leaves, some are growing them as a side business. With caterpillars eating 3 times a day, this bag won’t last for long.

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Somali women launch all-female radio ...
Hargeisa, Somaliland
By Anna Karatvuo
10 Apr 2013

Somali women have started their own radio station in Mogadishu, Somalia. Aman Radio broadcasts two hours daily and programs are based in basic situations in women's lives. The radio station employs dozens of women age 17-30. They also publish the first women's magazine in Somalia. This is a story of these ladies.

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A Fight for a Voice (15 of 15)
Hargeisa, Somaliland
By Anna Karatvuo
10 Apr 2013

Lul, 21, is taking photos while Ubax, 19, interviews a shepherd.

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A Fight for a Voice (14 of 15)
Hargeisa, Somaliland
By Anna Karatvuo
10 Apr 2013

For Somali women, appearance of the hands are extremely important. Hands are one of the only things women can show in public.

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A Fight for a Voice (13 of 15)
Hargeisa, Somaliland
By Anna Karatvuo
10 Apr 2013

Khadra is head of Somaliland's Sports and Culture organization, SOCSA. This powerful woman is one of the few public Somali female figures.

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A Fight for a Voice (12 of 15)
Hargeisa, Somaliland
By Anna Karatvuo
10 Apr 2013

Ubax is taking photos of camels for her report on farm animal healthcare.

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A Fight for a Voice (11 of 15)
Hargeisa, Somaliland
By Anna Karatvuo
10 Apr 2013

Tasniim, 17, records a conversation at a women's political workshop.

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A Fight for a Voice (10 of 15)
Hargeisa, Somaliland
By Anna Karatvuo
10 Apr 2013

Tasniim, 17, and Farxia, 23, are looking through their photographs.

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A Fight for a Voice (9 of 15)
Hargeisa, Somaliland
By Anna Karatvuo
10 Apr 2013

Fardowsa, 30, is learning image processing on Photoshop. She tries to forget her sorrow with her radio work. Her husband left her a year ago and took their children with him.

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A Fight for a Voice (6 of 15)
Hargeisa, Somaliland
By Anna Karatvuo
10 Apr 2013

Faduma, 19, is looking to know why women cannot play football in Somalia even though it is a popular sport.

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A Fight for a Voice (8 of 15)
Hargeisa, Somaliland
By Anna Karatvuo
10 Apr 2013

Aman Radio girls working beside Somaliland's national TV broadcaster.

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A Fight for a Voice (4 of 15)
Hargeisa, Somaliland
By Anna Karatvuo
10 Apr 2013

Xodan, 18, takes a break outside the courthouse after interview with a judge. As part of a story she was working on, she asked him why there are different rules for divorce for men than women.

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A Fight for a Voice (3 of 15)
Hargeisa, Somaliland
By Anna Karatvuo
10 Apr 2013

The Aman Radio girls take a break at the Somaliland Culture and Sports Association (SOCSA) center after a hard day of work.

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A Fight for a Voice (5 of 15)
Hargeisa, Somaliland
By Anna Karatvuo
10 Apr 2013

Xodan and Faduma are searching for story ideas in the countryside.

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Blind women working on a carpet
cairo, Egypt
By Marwa Morgan
07 Nov 2012

A group of blind women of “El Nour wel amal” association working passionately on products that they can’t see but can only feel.

El Nour Wel amal is an Egyptian NGO that’s concerned with supporting blind females in Egypt and has a number of production lines of textiles, carpets, bamboo products besides a music orchestra that plays music all around the world using braille musical sheets to help the blind women get engaged in the society and explore their potential. The NGO also offers educational services for blind children, full time and part time residencies and more services.

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Matching colours
Cairo, Egypt
By Marwa Morgan
07 Nov 2012

"Yellow is in this season", she replied when I asked her about her work in the weaving department.

A part of a story about a group of blind women of “El Nour eel amal” association working passionately on products that they can’t see but can only feel.

El Nour Wel amal is an Egyptian NGO that’s concerned with supporting blind females in Egypt and has a number of production lines of textiles, carpets, bamboo products besides a music orchestra that plays music all around the world using braille musical sheets to help the blind women get engaged in the society and explore their potential. The NGO also offers educational services for blind children, full time and part time residencies and more services.

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Singing
Cairo, Egypt
By Marwa Morgan
07 Nov 2012

A blind woman of “El Nour wel amal” association singing while working passionately on product she can’t see but can only feel.

El Nour Wel amal is an Egyptian NGO that’s concerned with supporting blind females in Egypt and has a number of production lines of textiles, carpets, bamboo products besides a music orchestra that plays music all around the world using braille musical sheets to help the blind women get engaged in the society and explore their potential. The NGO also offers educational services for blind children, full time and part time residencies and more services.

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Shaping socks
cairo, Egypt
By Marwa Morgan
07 Nov 2012

A group of blind women of “El Nour wel amal” association working passionately on products that they can’t see but can only feel.

El Nour Wel amal is an Egyptian NGO that’s concerned with supporting blind females in Egypt and has a number of production lines of textiles, carpets, bamboo products besides a music orchestra that plays music all around the world using braille musical sheets to help the blind women get engaged in the society and explore their potential. The NGO also offers educational services for blind children, full time and part time residencies and more services.

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Labuor Division
Cairo, Egypt
By Marwa Morgan
07 Nov 2012

A group of blind women of “El Nour wel amal” association working passionately on products that they can’t see but can only feel.

El Nour Wel amal is an Egyptian NGO that’s concerned with supporting blind females in Egypt and has a number of production lines of textiles, carpets, bamboo products besides a music orchestra that plays music all around the world using braille musical sheets to help the blind women get engaged in the society and explore their potential. The NGO also offers educational services for blind children, full time and part time residencies and more services.

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Sharing food during break time
Cairo, Egypt
By Marwa Morgan
07 Nov 2012

A part of a story about a group of blind women of “El Nour wel amal” association working passionately on products that they can’t see but can only feel.

El Nour Wel amal is an Egyptian NGO that’s concerned with supporting blind females in Egypt and has a number of production lines of textiles, carpets, bamboo products besides a music orchestra that plays music all around the world using braille musical sheets to help the blind women get engaged in the society and explore their potential. The NGO also offers educational services for blind children, full time and part time residencies and more services.