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Lesbian in Indonesia 11
Surabaya, East Java
By Lola García-Ajofrín
12 Apr 2016

Anita and Ukke are a couple of lesbians from Surabaya East Java that were for 11 years together. Anita is a former model, a former actrice, an activist, a mother, a wife, a gradmother and a muslim from Indonesia.

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Lesbian in Indonesia 12
Surabaya, East Java
By Lola García-Ajofrín
12 Apr 2016

Anita and Ukke are a couple of lesbians from Surabaya East Java that were for 11 years together. Anita is a former model, a former actrice, an activist, a mother, a wife, a gradmother and a muslim from Indonesia. Paris is their cat.

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Lesbian in Indonesia 13
Surabaya, East Java
By Lola García-Ajofrín
12 Apr 2016

Anita and Ukke are a couple of lesbians from Surabaya East Java that were for 11 years together. Anita is a former model, a former actrice, an activist, a mother, a wife, a gradmother and a muslim from Indonesia. Paris is their cat.

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Lesbian in Indonesia 14
Surabaya, East Java
By Lola García-Ajofrín
12 Apr 2016

Anita and Ukke are a couple of lesbians from Surabaya East Java that were for 11 years together. Anita is a former model, a former actrice, an activist, a mother, a wife, a gradmother and a muslim from Indonesia. Paris is their cat.

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Surabaya, East Java
By Lola García-Ajofrín
12 Apr 2016

Anita and Ukke are a couple of lesbians from Surabaya East Java that were for 11 years together. Anita is a former model, a former actrice, an activist, a mother, a wife, a gradmother and a muslim from Indonesia. They celebrate their 11th aniversary of their releationship in the place that they met: a karaoke.

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Singapore workers 01
Singapore
By Ana Salvá
22 Mar 2016

Moe Moe looks at Singapore from the elevator of a shopping center where is located the organization that helps her after being abused by her employers. She was hired to take care of 3 children and the household chores. Her working day began at 5 am and ended at midnight. She ate white rice three times a day accompanied by a glass of water and received punches as punishment when stealing food in the kitchen. In April will began the trial against her employers

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Singapore
By Ana Salvá
22 Mar 2016

Kee Hli Pai and her friend Awe Hung are enjoying their day off in Península Plaza, where they use to meet Burmese domestic workers on Sundays. There seem hasty to take advantage of their limited free time, make new friends or meet other migrants who come in search of romance. Sunday is always short for them. By nightfall they must return to the places where they work and stay.

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Singapore
By Ana Salvá
22 Mar 2016

A couple of friends enjoy their Sunday off in Península Plaza, where Burmese domestic workers use to meet. Since 2012, domestic workers are entitled to wage once a week. This law has generated controversy because there are those who are convinced that the government has not done enough to meet international rights, while others complain of not being able to control the time of those women with the risk of establishing relationships or become pregnant.

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Singapore
By Ana Salvá
22 Mar 2016

A couple of friends enjoy their Sunday off in Península Plaza, where Burmese domestic workers use to meet. Since 2012, domestic workers are entitled to wage once a week. This law has generated controversy because there are those who are convinced that the government has not done enough to meet international rights, while others complain of not being able to control the time of those women with the risk of establishing relationships or become pregnant.

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Singapore
By Ana Salvá
22 Mar 2016

A young Burmese is at the gates of Peninsula Plaza shopping center

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Singapore workers 11
Singapore
By Ana Salvá
22 Mar 2016

A Burmese is enjoying his Sunday off with friends at the gates of Peninsula Plaza shopping center

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Singapore workers 13
Singapore
By Ana Salvá
22 Mar 2016

Ummai, 34, poses near a central street in Singapore. She is a domestic worker from Indonesia who arrived to Singapore in the 90's. She worked at the home of employers who forced her to sleep with a mattress on the balcony and had not a single day off. A few years later, she started the Indonesia Family Network thanks to the generosity of her current employers that allow her time off work if her conferences or activities require

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Singapore
By Ana Salvá
22 Mar 2016

Cartoon example. More available by request.

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Filipino Students
Surigao
By Ralf Falbe
17 Feb 2016

Female students stroll along a street in Surigao, Mindanao, Philippines.

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Trapped in Singapore
Singapore
By Ana Salvá
17 Jan 2016

The dream of a better life to open a business back in Burma is what made Moe Moe reach to Singapore two years ago. What she hasn't taken into account is that she would spend nine months before she won her first salary because of the deductions made by the company that brought her up here: a practice that traps women with a lot of debt and makes them withstand all kinds of abuse to get their first salary. "I was paid $ 420 Singapore [around 280 euros] and I had not a single day in 10 months," explains the 25-year old Burmese woman. Her stocky body and short stature contrast with the photos taken during the time she was abused, where she looks emaciated and beaten.

Thousands of women come to Singapore every year, attracted by the wages of this prosperous city state. But they are manipulated by agents and employers. The conditions of some of them here are similar to slavery. In the 90's the government encouraged women to the labor market and increased the number of visas available for foreign domestic workers to take care of the household chores. But after the crisis of 1997, agencies sought a new way to make money advertising the "zero dollars maids," meaning that the placement rates must be paid by workers when employers did before. The situation has been getting worse over the years. If at first the workers paid 3 to 6 months of their salary, now could be up to 10 months; a practice that traps women with a lot of debt and makes them withstand all kinds of abuse to get your first salary. In addition, many of them have no day off a week and have difficulty asking for help.

The lucky women who have the day off use to meet in public spaces for picnicking or in the vicinity of some malls. There seem hasty to take advantage of their limited free time, make new friends or meet other migrants who are looking for a romance. Sunday is always short for them. When night falls, they must return to the places where they work and stay. In recent years there have been some changes, such as improving some social norms or a gradual increase in law enforcement. Starting next December, agencies will have to be evaluated as a requirement to renew their licenses. However, only employers may evaluate, leaving aside domestic workers; HOME, a local organization, demands that it is incorporated before it takes effect, so they can have a protective mechanism to alleviate the extreme vulnerability they face.

Text by Ana Salvá

Photos by Omar Montenegro

Cartoons by Omar Montenegro (by request)

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Singapore workers 02
Singapore
By Ana Salvá
17 Jan 2016

Misanda, a 20 years old Burmese domestic worker, is enjoying her weekly day off in Singapore. Domestic workers saw recognized their right to wage a day off a week in 2012, although some of them traded the day in exchange for financial compensation to add to their meager incomes.

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Singapore workers 03
Singapore
By Ana Salvá
17 Jan 2016

Misanda, a 20 years old Burmese domestic worker, is enjoying her weekly day off in Singapore. Domestic workers saw recognized their right to wage a day off a week in 2012, although some of them traded the day in exchange for financial compensation to add to their meager incomes.

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Singapore
By Ana Salvá
17 Jan 2016

Misanda and her friend Mimika are enjoying her weekly day off in Singapore. Domestic workers saw recognized their right to wage a day off a week in 2012, although some of them traded the day in exchange for financial compensation to add to their meager incomes.

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Singapore
By Ana Salvá
17 Jan 2016

A group of Burmese domestic workers just met at the Peninsula Plaza mall. Women who have the day off on Sunday tend to meet in public spaces for picnicking or in the vicinity of some shopping centers.

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Singapore
By Ana Salvá
17 Jan 2016

A group of Burmese domestic workers just met at the Peninsula Plaza mall. Women who have the day off on Sunday tend to meet in public spaces for picnicking or in the vicinity of some shopping centers.

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Lalibela
By Lola García-Ajofrín
10 Dec 2015

In Lalibela, Christians display tattoos, following a mix of tradition, faith and aesthetics. This practice started centuries ago.

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Lalibela
By Lola García-Ajofrín
06 Dec 2015

When this Ethiopian Christian woman in her late seventies, who prefer doesn't says here name, was a young girl, she inked her neck "like a sign of faith and to become beautiful", she explains with a big smile. "My friends did also". In Holy City Lalibela, in Ethiopia, many of the all women wear Christian Tattoos. She arrives with two friends, three women also in her seventies who also wear tattoos. One of them a black cross on the forehead. They were on white because the morning mass in the astonishing St. George's Church has just finished and they have been sitting in the sun for a chat. In Lalibela, Ethiopia, Christians wear tattoos as a tradition that started centuries ago. It is not a new trend. The world's first tattoo on record is 5,000 years ago and it was found in Europe.

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Lalibela
By Lola García-Ajofrín
06 Dec 2015

In Lalibela, Christian eld women have their necks and faces covered with tattoos, a practice from centuries ago. But Islam, Jewish and other indigenous faiths contributed to a variety of tattoo traditions. When they were young girls, they inked her neck "like a sign of faith and to become beautiful". In Holy City Lalibela, in Ethiopia, many of the all women wear Christian Tattoos. They were on white because the morning mass in the astonishing St. George's Church has just finished and they have been sitting in the sun for a chat. In Lalibela, Ethiopia, Christians wear tattoos as a tradition that started centuries ago. It is not a new trend. The world's first tattoo on record is 5,000 years ago and it was found in Europe.

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Lalibela
By Lola García-Ajofrín
06 Dec 2015

In Lalibela, Christians display tattoos, following a mix of tradition, faith and aesthetics of a practice from centuries ago.

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Ethiopia women tattoos 06
Lalibela
By Lola García-Ajofrín
28 Nov 2015

A young man in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia with Christian symbols tattoos.

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Lalibela
By Lola García-Ajofrín
13 Nov 2015

Designer Zelalem in Zola Tattoo, in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. His name, Zelalem, in Amaric means "Always". He says it fits with his job: "Tattoos are forever". In Zola Tattoo, one of the few tattoo studios in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, most of the clients ask Christian tattoos. Some pictures of their latest creations are on the wall: a crown of thorns on an afflicted Christ stains a shoulder; a pair of hands with a rosary adorning an arm. In Ethiopia Christian have inked their skin during centuries. "My grandma had a tattoo", Zelalem says. But it was a traditional tattoo made at home. Even today most of the people don't wear professional tattoos. Zelalem tells "It's imposible to find the materials. In my case my brother who lives in Italy send them".In Zola Tattoo, one of the few tattoo studios in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, most of the clients ask Christian tattoos. Some pictures of their latest creations are on the wall: a crown of thorns on an afflicted Christ stains a shoulder; a pair of hands with a rosary adorning an arm. In Ethiopia Christian have inked their skin during centuries. "My grandma had a tattoo", Zelalem says. But it was a traditional tattoo made at home. Even today most of the people don't wear professional tattoos. Zelalem tells "It's imposible to find the materials. In my case my brother who lives in Italy send them".

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Actress Ashley at UN Social Good Summit
New York
By Tracey Shelton
28 Sep 2015

Actress Ashley Judd speaks to UN Foundation fellows about her work with young women, victims of sex trafficking and mental health in a private interview at the UN Social Good Summit in New York on September 28, 2015.

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The Power of Sport
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
10 Jul 2015

In a world where differences and divisions often drive people apart, sport brings people together. Sport overcomes cultural, social, and political barriers, providing an opportunity for dialogue and positive human interaction.

Transterra Media has the world of sports covered, from the fighting Cholitas of Bolivia, to the female boxers of Calcutta, and more.

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Wherever They Are, We Are
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
19 Jun 2015

The image of the masked protestor, with their fiery eyes and fist in the air is one of the most iconic images in popular culture. This character has become romanticized, demonized, idolized, and oftentimes misunderstood. The upheaval that has taken place around the world, especially in the last four years, has both reinforced and broken this stereotype.

But who are those who take to the streets? Why do they do it? What do they want?

A procession of women in Nigeria, marching together with placards reading “Bring Back Our Girls”, has a considerably different tone than the charged clashes between riot police and anarchists in Greece. A candlelight vigil held by journalists in Lebanon in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo does not have the same risk of deadly violence as villagers and farmers confronting trigger-happy gunmen in Syria. And a group of concerned citizens voicing their discontent with the privatization of a public beach does not have the same high social and political stakes as those trying to overthrow an authoritarian regime.

However, despite vast differences in context and situation, those who take to the streets often share a common drive to stand up for ideas they believe in. For many, there is a common belief that by taking to the streets and making their voices public, they can influence change in their world.

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Barcelona, Spain
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
16 Jun 2015

Gilda Arnez (center), 46, from Bolivia, visits Leonor (left) and her partner Nixon at her house in Barcelona, Spain. Leonor, a 67-year-old woman, used to be taken care by Gilda few years ago.
Gilda Arnez migrated to Barcelona for economical reasons in 2004. She left three children back in Bolivia and wanted to improve their future while working in Europe and sending them money. However, life in Spain has not been so good as she expected and she has been working in many small jobs, mostly taking care of old and disabled people. Now that she has legal residency in Spain, she would like to bring her children.

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YPG and FSA Fighters on the Outskirts...
Tal Abiyad, Syria
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Kurdish Army and Free Syrian Army fighters gather on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad while the battle to wrestle the frontier town from ISIS remains underway. The offensive launched by the fighting groups was eventually successful with anti-ISIS forces taking full control of the town. 

Tal Abiyad was a strategic conduit for supplies going to the Islamic State Group's self-declared capital of Raqqa. By capturing the town, YPG and FSA forces dealt a strategic blow to ISIS' hold on northereastern Syria 

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Free Syrian Army fighters, who coordinated the offensive with the Kurdish YPG, pray beside a river in the vicinity of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Free Syrian Army fighters patrol the areas around Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Fighters relax against a combat embankment on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Kurdish YPG fighters with an improvised armored vehicle on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Female Kurdish YPG fighters relax on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Male and Female Kurdish YPG fighters gather on the outskirts of Tal Abiyad.

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Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
15 Jun 2015

Fighters keep watch of the area in the vicinity of Tal Abiyad.