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Striking Photos From a Year of Women & Girls

In its first year, Women & Girls published dozens of photographs taken by our talented contributors all over the world. Here’s a look back at some of the most memorable images.

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Irena Stezijovska (middle) and Anna Krkulj (bottom) take part in a colorful anticorruption protest in front of Macedonia’s parliament in June 2016. Read the full story here.

(Ozge Sebzeci)

Polygamy is illegal in Turkey, but activists say that it is nonetheless on the rise. This photo shows a Turkish man, Celal, with his second wife and their son. Celal would only permit his second wife to be photographed from the back. Read the full story here.

(Hannah McNeish)

Girls at the Makankhula primary school in Malawi are taught self defense in order to protect themselves from sexual violence. Read the full story here.

(Jodi Hilton/Pulitzer Center)

Zeyneb, who fled from Syria, stands in front of her family’s tent at a camp in Idomeni, Greece. Her tent had flooded with water the previous night. Read the full story here.

(Ruth Carr)

A technician reads a mammogram at Bangkok’s Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer. In Thailand, the cost of breast cancer care means many women never get the help they need. Read the full story here.

(Sara Hylton)

A girl from the Dalit village of Harirajpur chases a kite on the dried-up Mahanadi riverbed in Odisha, eastern India. This is the primary source of water for many villagers, who, during the dry season, have to walk long distances to retrieve drinking water. Read the full story here.

(Eva Clifford)

In Mexico City, blind dancers wait to be called out on stage. They are learning a form of dance that merges psychotherapy and ballet. Read the full story here.

(Aliya Bashir)

Saleema Jan holds a photo of her husband, who was killed by the Indian army in 1992. Today, she lives alone with her two sons and a daughter in southern Kashmir. “Whenever I feel lonely, I talk to his photograph,” Jan says. “His face never leaves my sight.” Read the full story here.

(Didem Tali)

Young Syrian refugee women learning circus skills in Mardin, Turkey. These courses help them make new friends and learn Turkish. Read the full story here.

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