Labu Tale, sitting on the edge of a deep inlet in Papua New Guinea is a very traditional Papuan village, with distinctive customs and rituals. These have deep significance even today as speedboats and mobile phones open it up to the modern world.
Marshall Islands – Pure blue ocean waters, coconut trees lining the horizon and untouched beaches scattered across hundreds of kilometers of ocean. It sounds like a tropical paradise, and is a tropical paradise, for some, some of the time.
Bangladesh – As the first female driver in the IOM Mission in Bangladesh, Masuma Shemu has paved the way for other women to break into male dominated professions and help strike down gender discrimination in the work place.
In Mallikaithivu village in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, local women are finding their voice and improving their livelihoods through support meetings and trainings.
The women in this community have faced many challenges, after years of conflict. They include low income, the squandering of their income on alcohol by men in the village, and in some cases, domestic violence.
I am a newly trained carpenter, having recently spent 10 days learning how to rebuild houses. I was also the only woman on the course, out of 19 participants. In the Philippines, carpentry is still seen as a man’s occupation. It makes me proud to think that I’m helping to change people’s minds.
As urbanization continues to expand, it is becoming increasingly apparent that men and women use cities in different ways, in terms of public transit, public spaces and housing, for example. It is also becoming evident that cities also impact migrant men and women differently.