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IWMF  The International Women's Media Foundation is a Washington based organization dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide.

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Mariam and her friend at the Military University in Yerevan.
Hi, this is @Lena_Mucha, I am a freelance photographer from Germany, currently based in Berlin. This week I am taking over the @theiwmf Instagram account
sharing some photos of my work about young female cadets in Armenia and Karabakh challenging stereotypes. Thanks for following along.
#iwmf, #armenia, #karabakh, #photojournalism, #women, #conflict

Hi there, this is @Lena_Mucha, I am a freelance photographer from Germany, currently based in Berlin. Recently I went to the DRC with the IWMF Great Lakes reporting trip. This week I am taking over the @theiwmf Instagram account, sharing some photos of my work about young female cadets in Armenia and Karabakh.

Students in their classroom at the Military University in Yerevan. Young women were first admitted at the University in 2014. In September 2016 23 female recruits were studying at the academy together with their male peers.  They are a first in conservative Armenia, where their peers are expected to stay at home and rear children. But faced with a declining population, as Armenians leave their country to seek better economic opportunities abroad and parents opt to have fewer children, the government has decided to admit women into the army. But not everyone at Yerevan Military Academy agrees: “Women shouldn’t be in the army, it’s not their role”, a physical instructor believes.

#iwmf, #armenia, #karabakh, #photojournalism, #women, #conflict

Hi there, this is @Lena_Mucha, I am a freelance photographer from Germany, currently based in Berlin. Recently I went to the DRC with the IWMF Great Lakes reporting trip. This week I am taking over the @theiwmf Instagram account, sharing some photos of my work about young female cadets in Armenia and Karabakh.
Seda (21) during shooting training at Military University in Yerevan, Armenia. “It helps if you imagine you’re shooting someone. Somehow it makes it easier to concentrate," she explained.

#iwmf, #armenia, #karabakh, #photojournalism, #women, #conflict

Young women during physical development at the Military High School in Stepanakert, Nagorny Karabakh. Since 2015 girls are allowed to join this academy. In September 2016 11 girls were studying together with 120 male students.
For many of the girls the outbreak of the four days war in April 2016 motivated them to enter this school and become the first female combatants in Armenia and Karabakh.

#iwmf, #armenia, #karabakh, #photojournalism, #women, #conflict

Hi this is @lena_mucha, I am a freelance photographer from Germany, currently based in Berlin. This week I am taking over the @theiwmf Instagram account, sharing some photos of my work about young female cadets in Armenia and Karabakh.

In my projects I focus on gender related and human rights topics. I believe it´s our duty as photojournalist to report on these stories that remain untold by many media. I have been working mainly in Latin America and recently went to the DRC thanks to the IWMF Great Lakes Reporting Fellowship. It was an amazing experience, and I feel deeply grateful with the IWMF to make this possible and give us the opportunity to document from regions where journalist hardly get access.

Thanks for following along this week!

This is Lena (15) during clases at the Military High School in Stepanakert, the capital of the self-proclaimed region Nagorny Karabakh. Lena is one of the first 10 female students who has been admitted at the military institution in September 2016.

Since the frozen war between Armenia and Azerbaijan erupted again in April 2016, more and more young girls and women are joining the army to defend their country. But in Armenia and Karabakh, societies that often confine them to traditional gender roles, its only the second year that they are allowed to join the military and become combatants.
The young women are a first in conservative Armenia, where their peers are expected to stay at home and rear children. But faced with a declining population, as Armenians leave their country to seek better economic opportunities abroad and parents opt to have fewer children, the government has decided to admit women into the army.
Despite objections against the girls active role in the military, these female cadets shrug off the criticisms. They are sure that one day they will serve on the frontline between Armenia and Azerbaijan just like their male peers.
#iwmf, #armenia, #karabakh, #photojournalism, #women, #conflict

Teenagers everywhere are the same. These 5 Mexican Mennonite girls were walking up to the gas station to hang out and wait for carloads of Mennonite boys to drive by (some of the Mennonite kids refer to it as "partying" or "hanging in the street"). Some are just friendly visits, some may border on flirting, other times they just give the girls rides and whip 360s on the dirt roads to hear them scream with delight, and all are for a chance for the teens to hang out with their friends and the opposite sex — away from the watchful gaze of their protective parents.
I'm totally guilty of doing the same thing... hanging out in the gas station parking lot near my house in Florida when I was a teen.
Thanks for following along all week and to the @IWMF for everything. I'll end with this as my last post. (Photo by @melissalyttle) #mexico #mennonites #iwmffellows

And now for something totally different. While we were in Ciudad Juarez on our last trip, reporter @icaselli and I made inroads at a Mennonite colony a few hours south of there. This is the start of a much bigger project that I can't wait to share with y'all someday. But for now, meet the Mennonites of Mexico... including this lovely family of 12, with a 13th on the way. (photo by @melissalyttle) #mexico #iwmffellows #mennonites #makeportraits

We went and spoke to one of the leaders of the Tarahumara Indians, to learn about how justice is carried out within the tribe versus outside of it. She spoke of all the issues the indigenous people in Mexico face, most driven by poverty and isolation. Her children got super curious and came outside to see who we were and what their mom was talking about. #mexico #iwmffellows (photo by @melissalyttle)

In the indigenous prison in Mexico, Chivo plays his homemade harmonica fashioned from wood, toothpicks, and a piece of paper that vibrates when blown. (Photo by @melissalyttle) #iwmffellows #everydayincarceration #mexico

Had an amazing 3-days of shooting inside a prison exclusively for the indigenous Tarahumara people in Mexico. We watched as they played their traditional sports, sang personal songs they wrote themselves while accompanied by homemade instruments, and had visits with their families. (Photo by @melissalyttle) #iwmffellows #mexico #everydayincarceration

While her mom got called up to the office to speak with the warden, Melissa "naps" in the cell that she shares with her mom and three other women. The wardens say having the children in the prison has brought out the maternal instincts of many of the prisoners and helped make the prison population a kinder, gentler one. Though some are conflicted and question the lasting effects it may have on the children #iwmffellows #mexico #everydayincarceration (photo by @melissalyttle)

Lunchtime in the women's prison is one, big communal meal. And the half a dozen children who are currently behind bars with their incarcerated mothers, eat together with the general population. #iwmffellows #mexico #everydayincarceration (photo by @melissalyttle)

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