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Women dance to Nepali music during the Teej festival, which is celebrated by Hindus in South Asia. The holiday was on Sept. 4, but festivities continued for days afterward. To celebrate, women wear new clothes and dance together. Some feast during the holiday, which focuses on women, but others fast and visit Hindu temples.
Students from the Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta, Caserío Cooperativa, school walk through the streets in Aldea Chaquijyá, a hamlet in Guatemala’s southwestern Sololá department, to celebrate Guatemala’s independence day on Sept. 15. Guatemala became a colony of Spain in the 16th century and gained its independence in 1821, making this the nation’s 195th birthday.
Austin Changwe, a worker from a veterinary clinic in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, dips a dog in a pesticide solution during a vaccination and pest-control exercise in Woodlands, a Lusaka suburb. The local veterinary clinic has been educating residents on the importance of vaccination and pest control ahead of the World Rabies Day on Sept. 28.
Members of the Nepal Women’s Association, the women’s wing of the Nepali Congress, a major political party in Nepal, stand in line in September to vote for leaders of their association. There was widespread campaigning by candidates this year who sought posts including president, secretary and treasurer, as well as regional representatives and leaders. Women who win posts in the association are often nominated to run in local government elections.
Carefully stacked produce awaits buyers in Kamanyola, a village near Goma, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. Fruits and vegetables are cheap here, so the market attracts customers even from neighboring Rwanda. Here, a pot of tomatoes sells for 500 Congolese francs (about 50 cents).
Participants at a pride parade held in August in Kathmandu dressed in both Western and traditional clothing. The parade is held each year on the same day as the Gai Jatra festival, and people travel from all over Nepal to watch or participate.
Kimberly Casia, 7, completes her mathematics exam, for which she later won first place among her district’s first-graders in the Olimpíada Nacional de Ciencias, the National Olympics of Sciences. The bi-annual competition gathers elementary school children across the country to test their aptitude in mathematics and social sciences. Casia competed in the San Juan Argueta district in Guatemala’s Sololá department.
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, United States
Contestants in the Porcupine Labor Day Annual Pow Wow enter an arena for their event. The pow wow, a term used in Native American communities for a social gathering that involves competitive dancing, was held in early September in the Porcupine district of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the Oglala Sioux Tribe, traditionally known as the Oglala Lakota Nation, is based. The contestants’ identifying tags include the phrase “Stand Together Against the Pipeline,” in reference to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, based in North Dakota, is leading a major effort among environmentalists and Native Americans from around the U.S. to block construction of that pipeline.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Indigenous people from Argentina’s Jujuy province in northern Argentina, along with others, make offerings to Pachamama, which in the local indigenous language means "Mother Earth." The event, held on Aug. 27 in Buenos Aires, gathered the city’s residents and some officials with indigenous people to ask for the country’s good health, a blessing of natural resources, work, and peace and unity among Argentines.
Mugunga Refugee Settlement, Goma, DRC
Blandine, 8, lugs a water jug near a tap in Mugunga, a refugee settlement near Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Clean water is hard to find in the area, and water shortages are common, especially during the dry season.
Kailali District, Nepal
Sunita Sunar (left), 30, and her three young children live in a Chhaupadi Gotha, a small hut located outside her home, during her menstruation. Every house in their village in Nepal’s Kailali district has a hut in their compound, but sometimes women choose to stay together for safety from wild animals. Sunar is joined by her 17-year-old neighbour, Anita Sunar (right), who didn’t want to stay alone in her Chhaupadi Gotha.
Libres, Puebla, Mexico
A bride walks down a main street in August toward a church in Libres, a municipality in the central state of Puebla. Members of the wedding party walk with her and behind her, some holding instruments and others leading horses.
Mary Tamala operates a sewing business on the streets of Mugunga, a town 18 kilometers (11 miles) outside of Goma, to make ends meet. Tamala, a widow with four children, makes about 500 Congolese francs (51 cents) a day.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Women participating in the KWESTRONG Triathlon in Minneapolis, a city in the midwestern U.S. state of Minnesota, smudge themselves with sage, sweet grass and other traditional medicines before the event begins. About 180 women canoed 3 miles, biked 9 miles, and completed a 5k or 10k run around Lake Calhoun on Aug. 21. In Dakota, the language of the indigenous tribe native to this area, this lake was originally called “Bde Maka Ska,” which translates to “White Earth Lake.” The event is intended to promote indigenous womens’ wellness.
Silvia María Samines, 36, sells camotes (sweet potatoes) and dulces de durazno (candied peaches) in front of a church in Sololá, a municipality in southwestern Guatemala. Samines prepares the food at home each day beginning at 5 a.m. A bag of candied peaches sells for 1 Guatemalan quetzal (13 cents) and each piece of sweet potato is 50 Guatemalan cents (7 cents). She earns 1,500 quetzales ($199) a month, which helps pay her children’s school fees.
Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir
A woman walks on a deserted commercial street in Srinagar, a city in Indian-administered Kashmir, where a military-enforced curfew has been in place since July 9. The curfew behttps://globalpressjournal.com/asia/indian-administered_kashmir/featured-photo-indian-administered-kashmir-curfew/gan to curb protests occurring throughout the city and surrounding districts that began after the death of Burhan Wani, a leader of an armed group. Wani was killed on July 8 in Anantnag district in a gun battle with Indian military forces.
Tamil Nadu, India
Sinnu Gili wears a “poothkuli,” a hand embroidered shawl, in her kitchen in Pudhu Mund in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Traditionally, just red and black threads are used in this type of embroidery, but now members of the Toda tribe incorporate other colors. The white indicates purity and innocence, the red indicates adolescence and the black indicates maturity, Gili says.
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, United States
Eli Tail, Sr., an elder member of the Lakota community, rests in the shade near the White River Visitor Center at Badlands National Park, a portion of which is within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Lakota community that is headquartered on the reservation, worked for years with the U.S. government to establish a tribal national park from a piece of the existing park. Those efforts sputtered in recent years after ongoing disputes between the tribe and the National Parks Service.
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Mothers, with their babies, line a street on Aug. 7 in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas during “Tetaton 2016,” a breastfeeding awareness event, as an older woman walks by. Participants, and mothers say they hope the event will change the perception of public breastfeeding, which is criticized in their communities.
Kavrepalanchowk District, Nepal
Laxmi Devi Tiwari, 27, works at a stone quarry in Kavrepalanchowk district, located east of Kathmandu. Tiwari earns about 3,000 Nepalese rupees (about $28) to 4,000 Nepalese rupees (about $37) a month to break stones into small pieces. She says she’s worked in the quarry since she was 12 years old. “In order to survive, I have had to do this hard labor for 15 years,” she says.
Maya Devi Thapa, 56, (seated) roasts corn over a wood fire in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city. Steaming hot corn is a popular snack in Nepal, and Thapa earns a living selling it streetside. She says she earns about 700 rupees ($6.50) per day during corn season, which usually lasts from May to November. When corn isn’t in season, Thapa says she sells vegetables she buys from a local wholesale market.
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Cycle rickshaws are fast disappearing from Madurai, a city in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state, due to lifestyle changes and the automobile revolution. Vinayaga Moorthy says many other cycle rickshaw operators now drive auto rickshaws or have turned to other jobs. “I don’t have money to buy an auto rickshaw, and people who own auto rickshaws don’t come forward to offer jobs considering my age,” Moorthy says. “I now pedal for my daily bread. I earn 100 rupees ($1.49) to 150 rupees ($2.23) a day to feed myself and my wife.”
Provincial representatives carry flags and placards during a prayer day in Lusaka on July 24. Zambian President Edgar Lungu called for prayers for peaceful elections following a spate of violent incidents during campaigning for the Aug. 11 elections.
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Rain pours during “Feria del Dulce 2016,” a festival celebrating sweets and candies in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas. The sweets include dulce de leche, a sweetened milk that is slowly heated, and cocadas, made with coconut, among others. The annual festival, which convenes more than 60 confectionary artisans, began on July 24 and is set to end on July 31.