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World's Working Women Discuss Gender Inequality

Wednesday March 8 marks International Women's Day, with festivals, concerts and
exhibitions among the numerous events planned around the world to celebrate the achievements of women in society.

Reuters photographers have been speaking with women in a range of professions around the world about their experiences of gender inequality.
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Filipina Grace Ocol, 40, a backhoe operator, poses for a photograph in Tubay, Agusan del Sur, southern Philippines, Feb. 16, 2017. Ocol, a mother of three, said, "There are a few female workers that can drive big trucks and backhoe. If men can do it, why can't women do it? I'm better than the men, they can only drive trucks here but I can drive both."
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Filipina Grace Ocol, 40, a backhoe operator, poses for a photograph in Tubay, Agusan del Sur, southern Philippines, Feb. 16, 2017. Ocol, a mother of three, said, "There are a few female workers that can drive big trucks and backhoe. If men can do it, why can't women do it? I'm better than the men, they can only drive trucks here but I can drive both."

Ram, 46, poses for a photograph at her stall at the flower market in Bangkok, Thailand, Feb. 26, 2017. "In this market men do the hard jobs, they carry heavy things, load trucks," said Ram.
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Ram, 46, poses for a photograph at her stall at the flower market in Bangkok, Thailand, Feb. 26, 2017. "In this market men do the hard jobs, they carry heavy things, load trucks," said Ram.

Valerie Perron, 53, an oyster farmer, poses for a photograph on her boat in Andernos, Southwestern France, Feb. 17, 2017. "It must not be forgotten that it is women, moms, who raise the boys. It is therefore up to us to change the mentalities by raising the boys at their youngest age, in a spirit of parity and equality with the woman. We must change the mentalities of early childhood education. A boy can play with dolls and a little girl with small cars," Perron said.
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Valerie Perron, 53, an oyster farmer, poses for a photograph on her boat in Andernos, Southwestern France, Feb. 17, 2017. "It must not be forgotten that it is women, moms, who raise the boys. It is therefore up to us to change the mentalities by raising the boys at their youngest age, in a spirit of parity and equality with the woman. We must change the mentalities of early childhood education. A boy can play with dolls and a little girl with small cars," Perron said.

Merylee, 26, a soldier, poses for a photograph in Nice, France, Feb. 23, 2017. " The parity in the army already exists, it is the uniform that takes precedence over gender," Merylee said.
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Merylee, 26, a soldier, poses for a photograph in Nice, France, Feb. 23, 2017. " The parity in the army already exists, it is the uniform that takes precedence over gender," Merylee said.

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