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Women at Work in Myanmar

Myanmar might have seen a huge political shift towards democracy recently, but traditional gender roles are still a few years behind.  Women still do a lot of the menial work; one scene I’ll never forget was a group of middle-aged women, dressed in traditional longyi and blouses, breaking rocks on the edge of a highway whilst the men sat in the field behind them smoking and shouting instructions.

So here’s a photographic collection of the ladies of Burma working nine to five, so to speak.

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Onion seller at a market in Nyaung Shwe
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Woman rolling cigars in a tobacco factory by Inle Lake
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Women preparing tamarind, Inle Lake
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Preparing lotus for weaving
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Roadside fruit vendor, Yangon
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Work is always more fun if you get on with your colleagues
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Woman using a traditional sewing machine to make a longyi
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One of the Ywama women who work in craft shops on the shores of Inle Lake

©Rachel Prout 2016.  All rights reserved.

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