Mother and daughter in a man's world

Knar Babayan

This is the story of a woman and her daughter who are challenging Karabakh's patriarchal society.

Traditions run deep in Karabakh, where women are generally viewed as mothers and housewives. Those views are underscored by stereotypes that dictate which jobs are "acceptable" for women.

Single mother Svetlana Harutyunyan, 37, and her 17-year-old daughter Anastasia are challenging those deeply held beliefs, however. Svetlana, the mother of three girls, works as a mine-disposal expert ( a deminer) for The Halo Trust. Anastasia is a cadet at Karabakh's government-run Kristapor Ivanyan Military College.


My Body, My Choice

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