Women are the backbone of the societies in the hills. The female workforce participation rates in the hills are almost three to four times higher compared to the rest of the country. The farming systems, forests and ancestral knowledge – they all flow through these super women to the coming generations. They often work up to 14-15 hours a day – they wake up with the Sun, cook for the family, collect fodder for the cattle, farm and forage, sell their produce, do household chores and are a storehouse of knowledge.
They’re the tree huggers, guardians of the forests, the river and forest worshippers, the Empaths, the revolutionaries and the strongest ones - mothers, daughters, companions and above all more than an equal to the men in these extreme geographies. They put our worlds together and keep them running each day.
To the women in the hills, and everywhere else: Each of you is a Goddess in your own right and this world would be nothing if it weren’t for you. 🙏
I know we are a tad late, and although we don’t need a day to celebrate your light. Here's to all of you, you're an inspiration - Happy women’s day!
Women take to multi tasking in the hills .More hard working , less fussy and certainly sturdier ! I captured this story while passing through Keylong .
Keylong (or Kyelong or Kyelang) is the administrative centre of the Lahaul and Spiti district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, 126 km (78 mi) north of Manali and 120 km (75 mi) from the Indo-Tibetan border. It is located along the Manali-Leh Highway, about 7 km (4.3 mi) north-east of intersection of the Chandra Valley, the Bhaga Valley, and the Chenab Valley; on the banks of Bhaga River.