International Women’s day: A Celebration in Photos
Mar07

International Women’s day: A Celebration in Photos

I will never forget the day at my University, when my well-meaning professor asked the class if women in society today, still had to struggle for rights, as they did in the early 20th century. I will not forget it because of the silent nodding and mutual appreciation that went around the class that day, agreement between both genders, that suggested that at least in most Western cultures, they believed that women and men were treated pretty much equally. And then there was my single voice crying out against it all. While it is true that gender equality has come a long way over the last 100 years, women’s right to vote becoming ever more the rule than the exception, the general agreement of people that the gender wage gap and rape culture are largely unacceptable, and more and more female CEO’s and world leaders appearing every year, there is still a very long way to go. International Women’s Day raises awareness of  the work that women all over the world do in order to shrink this ever present gender gap. To celebrate this Vagabundo Magazine has collected photographs of women from around the world and is here to tell the story behind them. Photo Credit: Alexandra Kahn “My Mom is known for her laughter. You hear her before you see her. Everything is worth a laugh and every laugh is with her whole heart. In this photo we were on a safari and I’m sure I just said some silly comment about the animals to generate this reaction.” Photo Credit: Willi Dolder “In the extreme southeastern part of South Sudan lives a little tribe, the Toposa people. As usual in Africa the women do most of the work: working in the field, getting water, gathering fire wood, grinding and cooking maize and millet. They work very hard all day, every day and until two, three days before they give birth.” Photo Credit: Stephen Lioy “This photo was taken at the Mani Rimdu festival in the Nepalese monastery town of Tengboche well on the way to Everest Base Camp. This annual festival, the most important in the Sherpa calendar, sees pilgrims gather from all across the Khumbu district that surrounds Mt Everest to celebrate the banishment of demons from the region through traditional ‘Mask Dances’ performed by the monks of Tengboche. The family here was one of the first to show up for the main day of the ceremony and – like maternal figures everywhere – she was constantly having to keep an eye on the two boys with her to make sure they weren’t getting into trouble. At...

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Valentine’s Day Deal
Feb11

Valentine’s Day Deal

The partner is in a mood again and I cannot figure out why. Anniversary? No, no, I can remember sweating through my shirt at that little bistro in Paris we went to for our first date. Birthday? Checking the calendar hastily reminds me they were already angry at me for that last month when they barely spoke to me on that 24 hour bus I booked that day to Laos. OH, HOLY MOTHER! It’s Valentine’s day … again! Card companies, florists and chocolatiers have bested me once more. Time to desperately calculate funds and work out what romantic treat I can afford. Minus the travel insurance, scuba lessons, that flight to Khazakstan and that leaves me with … $1. That cannot be right. Oh, wait it isn’t. It’s 99c. Think, George, think. What costs 99c? Sun cream from the dollar store? Doesn’t scream romance does it? Snickers bar? Certainly a rarity in these parts but seems a bit on the cheap side. But wait what’s this? A year’s subscription to Vagabundo Magazine is just 99c for Valentines? Better delete the browsing history because nothing says “I love you” more than a years worth of inspiring your beloved to come on your crazy, stupid, amazing adventures with you. Wait a minute, I just remembered that I’m an adventure traveller and therefore probably destined to a life of crazy, stupid, amazing loneliness and my “partner” is actually a bike that I rescued and fixed up in the outback. And Francis cannot read, can you Francis? Great, this means I can buy the subscription for myself and spend all the money I would normally spend on trying to convincing another person to love me, on the crazy, stupid, amazing travel ideas I find inside. Everyone’s a winner, even poor illiterate Francis. Of course you could just tell every hot babe I meet on the road that you’ve subscribed to Vagabundo. After all chicks dig a guy with an adventure magazine subscription, surely? Until January 14th, get 1 year worth of Vagabundo for 99 Cents via Magzter...

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