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    Niger: Women waiting to receive improved millet and green bean seeds at an FAO distribution center. ©FAO/Issouf Sanogo

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    Pakistan: A rural woman harvesting vegetables in a field as part of the Women Open School (WOS), where women gain experiential learning and skill development on pesticide risk reduction, kitchen gardening and small enterprise development (goat and chicken farming and vegetable seed production). ©FAO/Farooq Naeem

    Indian environmental and “alter-globalization” activist Vandana Shiva is an outspoken campaigner for protecting seed biodiversity against biotech-profiteering and genetic engineering. Her grassroots approach has helped to redefine food security and the “green revolution” as a movement that empowers local food growers, rather than big agribusiness. She is the founder of Navdanya, a NGO based in Dehradun, India that promotes organic farming and seed-saving.

    Mali is a conservative country due to their devotion towards their strict religion Islam. The women and men are not quite equal. Men are more respected than women

    Afghanistan | Pashtun Women in Traditional Dress | ©Nasar Dukki

    Pakistan: A Women Open School (WOS) facilitator holding a pumpkin from the school garden. The Women Open School (WOS) trains rural women through experiential learning and skill development on pesticide risk reduction, kitchen gardening and small enterprise development such as goat and chicken farming and vegetable seed production. ©FAO/Farooq Naeem

    Democratic Republic of Congo: Women harvesting Chinese cabbage. As part of its urban and peri-urban horticulture project, FAO has provided farmers with improved-variety seeds and has rehabilitated irrigation and flood-prevention infrastructures. ©FAO/Olivier Asselin

    Picking one of David Lazar's shots is next to impossible. The man is a travel photography guru. Do yourself a favor and check out his Bangladesh and Myanmar sets on Flickr or Facebook.

    Why do you think this woman is so happy? Because she received her National ID card on the first possible day for Egyptian women to receive identity cards as part of the Women’s Citizenship Initiative in the Banha District, Qalyoubia governorate, Egypt, 4 July 2012. The project aims at issuing 2 million ID cards for Egyptian women. Such ID cards are essential in providing access to certain legal, social and economic rights to women. Photo: UN Women/ Fatma Elzahraa Yassin

    Akha Woman. Chiang Rai, Thailand.

    I adore looking at images of women from all around the world! I am simply fascinated by their way of life! Smiles from all of these sources is what draws me. :)

    Africa | Tuareg women. Sahara Desert, outside Timbuktu, Mali | © **El-Len** on flickr

    Togo: A woman working in a tomato field. ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano

    Tibet woman photographed at the Bome Festival. | ©philippe tarbouriech

    India | Jat - Gujarat woman | © Rudi Roels

    Street life in Mandalay, Myanmar--Photo by Bertrand Linet. (This lovely street vendor undoubtedly has no idea her image is traveling around the world.)

    Democratic Republic of Congo: Women and children walking along a dirt road carrying produce to market in Kabalo. ©FAO/Olivier Asselin

    The Hmong are an Asian ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.

    Mauritania: A farmer family tilling and sowing a field that regularly feeds up to 10 people. ©FAO/Giampiero Diana

    The Female Face of Farming - take a look at this infographic highlighting the importance of women in agriculture & the powerful impact reducing the gender gap can have on agriculture.

    Chad: Women from the village of Boula-Ngara making a wind-breaking fence which allows them to cultivate a market garden. ©FAO/Sia Kambou