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Portraits of womanhood

March 07, 2014 19:33 IST

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On March 8, activists celebrate International Women's Day, which dates back to the early 20th century and has been observed by the United Nations since 1975.

In the run-up to the event, Reuters photographers in countries around the globe took a series of portraits of women and their daughters.

They asked each mother what her profession was, at what age she had finished education, and what she wanted her daughter to become when she grew up.

They also asked each daughter at what age she would finish education and what she wanted to do in the future.

The series of images offers an insight into the lives of women and girls around the world.

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Photographs: Reuters

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Sulochna Mohan Sawant, 23, poses with her five-year-old daughter Shamika Sawant inside their home in Mumbai.

Sulochna, who works as a maid, wanted to become a doctor when she was a child.

However, she could only study until the age of 14.

Sulochna wants her daughter to become a teacher, Shamika also wants to become a teacher.

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Photographs: Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters

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Manami Miyazaki (right), 39, and her daughter Nanaha, 13 and holding her alto saxophone, pose for a photograph at their home in Tokyo.

Manami, who is a housewife, studied until she was 20. Her ambition was to work somewhere where she could meet lots of people.

She hopes that her daughter will build a loving home with a happy marriage.

She says it would be great if her daughter could find work that makes use of her abilities and interests.

Nanaha wants to be either a designer, musician or a nurse.

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Photographs: Toru Hanai/Reuters

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Hala Tanmus, 40, and her daughter Maya, 10, pose for a picture in the living room of their home in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Hala is a secretary who finished her education at age 20.

When she was younger she wanted to become a lawyer.

She hopes that her daughter Maya will become an interior designer.

Maya, who says she will finish education age 20, would also like to become an interior designer.

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Photographs: Ammar Awad/Reuters

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Damaris Matos Curbelo, 43, and her daughter Ana Laura Villar Matos, 14, pose for a photograph outside their home in central Havana.

Damaris finished her education at age 21 and works as a secretary in the office of the Historian of the City of Havana.

Damaris says that when she was a child she wanted to become a doctor, and that she hopes her daughter will become a doctor.

Her daughter, Ana Laura says she would like to be a biologist.

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Photographs: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

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Marisa del Carmen Moreno, 30, and her daughter Alicia Isabel Santa Maria, 10, pose for a photograph outside their home in Panama City.

Marisa is an architect. She finished her education at age 29.

When she was a child she wanted to become a veterinarian.

She hopes her daughter will grow up to become an artist.

Marisa's daughter Alicia Isabel hopes to go to university and would like to become a chef or a painter.

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Photographs: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

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Clare Barrett Butler, 37, and her daughter Lily Barrett McHugh, 11, pose for a photograph outside their house in a small hamlet near the village of Ardara in County Donegal.

Clare says she is a homemaker and a mother, and she is continuing her education with courses at college.

Clare says that as a child she wanted to work on the special effects of movies or as a stuntwoman.

She says that she would love her daughter Lily to follow her dreams and become a hairdresser.

Lily says she thinks she'll stay in education until she is about 20, and she would really like to become a hairdresser.

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Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

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Tonia Giannari, 39 and her daughter Elena Giannari, 10, pose for a photograph inside their apartment in Athens February 24, 2014.

Tonia is a stay-at-home mother who finished her education at age 18.

She hopes her daughter will become a dance teacher when she grows up. Elena would also like to become a dance teacher.

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Photographs: Yorgos Karahalis/Reuters

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Niculina Fieraru, 39, poses with her daughter Flori Gabriela Dumitrache, 13, in their room in Gura Sutii village, Romania.

Niculina is unemployed and has two children.

She hopes that her daughter Flori Gabriela will become a seamstress.

Flori Gabriela wants to become a pop singer and she hopes to go to high school in a town 23 km (14 miles) away, but her family cannot afford to pay for it.

A Romanian NGO has offered a scholarship to make this possible.

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Photographs: Bogdan Cristel/Reuters

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Lucy Oyela, 42, poses for a photograph with her daughter Abber Lillian, 14, at their home in Onang near Gulu town in northern Uganda.

Lucy is a farmer who finished her education at age 18.

She said that when she was a child, she wanted to become a teacher when she grew up.

Lucy says that she really wants for her daughter to become a nurse.

Her daughter Abber Lillian says she doesn't know at what age she will finish education.

She says she is not sure what she wants to do when she grows up, but probably she wants to become an accountant.

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Photographs: James Akena/Reuters

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Raimunda Eliandra Alves, 45, poses for a photograph with her daughter Ana Paula Leonardo Justino, 10, at their home at the Pavao-Pavaozinho slum in Rio de Janeiro.

Raimunda is a supermarket cashier who finished her education at age 19.

When she was a child, she wanted to become a math teacher when she grew up.

She hopes that her daughter Ana Paula will become a veterinarian.

Ana Paula says that she will go to high school and then finish college in 2025. She wants to be a vet when she grows up.

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Photographs: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

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Rosaura Realsola, 51, poses for a photograph with her daughter Alexandra Yamileth, 13, in front of their home in Tepito in Mexico City.

Rosaura is a domestic cleaner, who finished her education at age 16.

She says that when she was a child, she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up.

Rosaura hopes that her daughter Alexandra will become a nurse.

Alexandra will finish education in 2023 and says she wants to be a nurse when she grows up.

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Photographs: Henry Romero/Reuters

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Mohanna Khanal, 35, and her daughter Vipassna Khanal, 12, pose for a photograph in the kitchen of their apartment in Kathmandu.

Mohanna is a school teacher who finished her education when she was 20 years old.

Mohanna says that when she was a child, she wanted to become a flight attendant.

She hopes that her daughter will become a renowned media personality.

Vipassna says that she will finish her education in 2025 and she wants to become a travel agent to promote tourism in Nepal.

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Photographs: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

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Kylie Glass, 40, and her daughter Abby Glass, 12, pose for a picture in Caringbah, Sydney.

Kylie finished school at age 17 and now has a job training childcarers.

She says that when she was growing up, she wanted to work with children.

Kylie says she just wants her daughter to be healthy and happy.

Abby says that she enjoys anything to do with science so might want to be a forensic policewoman or else do something completely different like become a hairdresser.

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Photographs: Jason Reed/Reuters

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Kang Hyun-jeong, 43, and her daughter Yoo Ha-min, 11, pose for a photograph in the living room of their apartment in Seoul.
Kang Hyun-jeong works in accounts.

She says that she started working in her senior year of high school, but she began a business degree in 1999 at the Korea National Open University because she wanted to study more.

She juggled work and classes and graduated eight years later in 2007.

She hopes to get a masters degree when her children grow up.

Kang Hyun-jeong says her children are talented in the arts but she knows that the reality is that it is difficult to make money through art.

She's worried about that, but still wants to root for their dreams.

Her daughter Yoo Ha-min says she wants to be a designer or a painter when she grows up.

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Photographs: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

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Vered, 43, poses for a photograph with her daughter Alma, 13, in their home in Kibbutz Hukuk near the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel.

Vered got a degree in design at the age of 27 and currently runs educational art projects in local communities.

Vered hopes that her daughter Alma will find a profession that brings her happiness and satisfaction.

Alma will graduate high-school in five years, at the age of 18.

She says she would like to be a part of the film industry, as a director, as camerawoman, an editor or an actress.

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Photographs: Nir Elias/Reuters

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Charlotte Stafrace, 49, and her daughter Scarlett Stafarce, 9, pose for a photograph in the living room of their home in Zebbug, outside Valletta.

Charlotte is an actress and freelance drama teacher who finished her education at 17.

Charlotte hopes her daughter will be a scientist when she grows up.

Scarlett says she will finish education when she's about 25 and that she would like to be a vet.

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Photographs: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

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Alicia Chiquin, 43, and her daughter Fidelina Ja, 18, pose for a photograph at their home in Pambach, Guatemala.

Alicia has no education and has always worked the land.

Her daughter Fidelina also has no education and when she grows up she says she will continue to work at home and on the land.

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Photographs: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

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Lucia Mayta, 43, and her daughter Luz Cecilia, 12, pose for a photograph inside their bodega in La Paz.

Lucia studied until the fourth grade of primary school, and knows how to read and write and do basic math.

Lucia runs a bodega, and the family live in a back room.

She hopes to build a house in the future.

Luz Cecilia is in seventh grade and wants to be a singer.

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Photographs: David Mercado/Reuters

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Thozama Kala, 30, and her daughter Mpho, 9, pose for a photograph in the kitchen of their home in Cape Town's Langa township.

Thozama is studying office management after matriculating in 2002.

She hopes that her daughter will become a doctor. Mpho says she wants to be a teacher.

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Photographs: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

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Tadjroshan, 40, poses for a photograph with her daughter Ayman, 12, at their house in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad.

Tadjroshan said that she only went to school for two years, just long enough to learn to read the Koran, she then continued to practice reading at home.

She now teaches the Koran to local girls. She would like her daughter to fulfil her dream and go to university.

Ayman wants to become a doctor, and hopes that her parents will fund her study.

She will need to study for 17 more years to become a general practitioner


Photographs: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

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