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Woman working in the salt fields of Cambodia

Making Bricks by Hand, Vietnam

‘Clara “Mother” Hale, humanitarian who founded the Hale House, a sanctuary for drug-addicted and HIV/AIDS-infected babies in Harlem, NY, was born in Philadelphia, PA, on this date April 1, 1905.’

Kolam is a form of sand painting that is drawn using rice powder by female members of the family in front of their home. It is widely practiced by Hindus in South India. A kolam is a sort of painted prayer - a line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots. Kolams are thought to bestow prosperity to homes.

Anuradha Koirala, who is fighting to prevent the trafficking and sexual exploitation of Nepal's women and girls. Since 1993, she and her group, Maiti Nepal, have helped rescue and rehabilitate more than 12,000 victims. Anuradha was chosen as the 2010 Hero of the Year due to her brave and heroic work fighting trafficking and sex slavery.

Woman harvesting

Nigerian wman protesting

Naxi woman weaving

A midwife in Africa using a fetoscope