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Photo gallery: Celebrating women for International Women's Day

March 8 this year was the centenary of International Women’s Day. The annual event marks the economic, political and social achievements of women.

With a view to celebrating those achievements here’s a short gallery of some of the amazing women I’ve met during travels around the world. These women were working in the fields to put food on the table for their children, they were tending and milking buffalo, cooking meals, raising children, teaching their grandchildren and even representing the rights of those less fortunate in local politics.

The woman on the right was a social advocate for village people in India displaced by the creation of new national parks. Pic: Joanne Lane,

I think the key is for women not to set any limits.
~ Martina Navratilova Read more

Travel photo of the day – Rann of Kutch, Gujurat

The marshy, saline, clay desert of the Rann of Kutch, once vast shallows of the Arabian Sea, is one of India’s most inhospitable areas. Of course in this nation, it’s still inhabited and by some of the most colourful and bejewelled nomadic tribes.

I was researching a book “Special Places to Stay” a few years ago in Gujurat and came across Dhanraj Malik of Desert Courses who was escorting a Japanese equine expert through the Rann looking for a kind of wild ass. I travelled with them for a few days interviewing nomadic tribes. The women wear colourful clothing that they hand sew with mirrors, doing much to bring life to an otherwise desert environment. They also wear a lot of bracelets, nose rings and other jewellery.

I love this photograph for its colours, how it reflects the beautiful clothing the women wear and also for the natural interaction between the grandmother and child.


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