travel theme: international women’s day

Friday, March 8: Ailsa of Where’s my backpack? challenged us this week to post something for International Women’s Day.  Here are some women I’ve encountered in my travels.

From Lalibela‘s Saturday market in Ethiopia:

a woman & her children at the Lalibela Saturday market

a woman & her children at the Lalibela Saturday market

a woman at the Lalibela Saturday market in Ethiopia

a woman at the Lalibela Saturday market in Ethiopia

And from India:

Indian women in Rishikesh, India

Indian women in Rishikesh, India

Indian women in Delhi, India

Indian women in Delhi, India

a woman selling flowers in Varanasi, India

a woman selling flowers in Varanasi, India

And women from Nepal:

women in Pokhara, Nepal

women in Pokhara, Nepal

a woman in Pokhara, Nepal

a woman in Pokhara, Nepal

And from South Korea:

a woman and her bear on the bus from Seongju to Daegu in South Korea

a woman and her bear on the bus from Seongju to Daegu in South Korea

my two favorite Korean colleagues in Byeokjin Elementary School, Byeokjin, South Korea

my two favorite Korean colleagues in Byeokjin Elementary School, Byeokjin, South Korea

a woman at Windy Hill, Geoje, South Korea

a woman at Windy Hill, Geoje, South Korea

And finally, in Kyoto, Japan:

two young women in Kyoto, Japan

two young women in Kyoto, Japan

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies (About International Women’s Day).

IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

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