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Kazakh Woman

A Kazakh woman named Baygan is pictured inside her family home in the Altai mountains of western Mongolia. Baygan has lived her entire life in the countryside, visiting the nearest town of Bayan Ulgii only once in her youth. Despite a severely hunched back, Baygan continues to work outdoors in physically harsh and demanding conditions, reflecting the resilience and spirit of the Kazakh families whose livelihoods depend on the land and the animals they raise.

Baygan

A Kazakh woman is pictured inside her family home in the Altai mountains of western Mongolia. Baygan has lived her entire life in the countryside, visiting the nearest town of Bayan Ulgii only once in her youth. Despite a severely hunched back, Baygan continues to work outdoors in physically harsh and demanding conditions, reflecting the resilience and spirit of the Kazakh families whose livelihoods depend on the land and the animals they raise.

Female Fighter

Nineteen-year-old Joanna is a member of the armed Peshmerga unit of the Kurdistan Freedom Party, known as the PAK, pictured at a base in northern Iraq near the town of Kirkuk. She is one of around 200 Iranian-Kurdish women who left Iran to join the peshmerga in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq.