If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then I think we can see her whole world, her histories, and her character in her eyes.
She played clapping games with us, imitated our funny faces, smiled for photographs, but for the most part just sat beside us quietly as we took in the natural beauty of Bhutan. We were reluctant to say goodbye, but by some strange serendipitous force, we met her later before leaving the compounds of the Farmer’s Market with the rest of her family.
Thank you for opening our hearts to the understated and equanimous beauty of Bhutan. :)
Photo credits: Vivian and Xiao Yun
At the Centenary Farmer’s Market in Thimphu, Bhutan
"In Nubia, villagers are friendly and welcoming. They invited us to their homes for tea. We enjoyed the hospitality of our hosts while relaxing and chatting in their pastel houses" - 26 aprile 2009 - Ash Shamaliyah, Sudan
- globally, 77,600,000 girls do not attend school
- there are 33,000,000 fewer girls than boys in primary education
- girls with secondary education are 6 times less likely to be married as children
- a girl with 7 years of schooling in the developing world will have 2.2 fewer children
- a child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5
- two thirds of the 775,000,000 illiterate adults, and 63% of illiterate youth, are female
- literate mothers are twice as likely to immunize their children and send them to school
- a girl who completes basic education is 3 times less likely to contract HIV
- a girl earns 20% more as an adult for every additional year of education she receives
- a nation’s GDP rises an average of 3% when 10% more its girls attend school
- less than 2% of international development funds are specifically allocated to girls
- school is not free in over 50 countries
photos: (1) malala yousafza before addressing the un; (2) joey l. of a school for the hamar tribe in ethiopia; (3) beawiharta in jakarta of students who risk life crossing a collpased bridge to get to school; (4) muhammed muheisen in pakistan; (5) altaf gadri of an unofficial school run for slum dwellers held under a bridge in new delhi; (6) paula bronstein of burmese refugees in thailand at a school in their refugee camp; (7) daniel leong mun sung in cambodia; (8) per anders pettersson, uganda; (9) lana slezic in afghanistan; (10) roberto schmidt in afghanistan, where acid attacks and poisoning of water by the taliban is on the increase at schools for girls. (stats)
(Photo: Tomohito Okada / AFP - Getty Images)
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President Hamid Karzai’s government has let down Afghan women, according to the new EU ambassador to Kabul, who singled out the failure to end prosecution of rape victims and other abused women for “moral crimes” as a particular “disgrace”.
Franz-Michael Mellbin said that despite huge practical improvements in areas from maternal mortality to the number of girls in schools, Afghanistan was still one of the worst places to be a woman and a frontline in the global battle for women’s rights. Read more
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Ouch! — Athletes crash in the Women’s Short Track 1500 m Final during the #Sochi2014 Winter Olympics #AFP pic.twitter.com/eZZpYwgkJy
Zucchero a velo Donne in abiti tradizionali New Delhi, in India. (Altaf Qadri, Ap/Lapresse)
PHILIPPINES, Manila : People gather to form a woman symbol to celebrate International Women’s Day at Manila’s Rizal Park on March 8, 2014. The organizers hope to bring in 10,000 participants and set a Guinness World Record for the largest human woman symbol. The event’s official recorded participants has yet to be announced by Guinness World Records. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO
UNITED KINGDOM, Edinburgh : France captain Gaelle Mignot (C) scores a try during the Six Nations Womens International rugby Union match between Scotland and France at Hawthornden in on the outskirts of Edinburgh on March 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/IAN MACNICOL
…le donne del rugby