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.

Onion seller at a market in Nyaung Shwe
Woman rolling cigars in a tobacco factory by Inle Lake
Carnival (1 of 1)-2
Women preparing tamarind, Inle Lake
Preparing lotus for weaving
Roadside fruit vendor, Yangon
Work is always more fun if you get on with your colleagues
Longyi (1 of 1)
Woman using a traditional sewing machine to make a longyi
One of the Ywama women who work in craft shops on the shores of Inle Lake

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