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Mothers and Daughters Share Their Dreams for International Women’s Day

For this year’s International Women’s Day, Reuters photographers around the globe took a series of portraits of women and their daughters.

Saciido Sheik Yacquub, 34, poses for a picture with her daughter Faadumo Subeer Mohamed, 13, at their home in the Hodan district internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Mogadishu on Feb. 11, 2014. Saciido, who runs a small business, wanted to be a business woman when she was a child and studied until she was 20. She and Faadumo, who finishes school in 2017, hope that Faadumo will become a doctor when she grows up. On March 8, activists around the globe celebrate International Women's Day, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century and has been observed by the United Nations since 1975. The UN writes that it is an occasion to commemorate achievements in women's rights and to call for further change.

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Damaris Matos Curbelo, 43, and her daughter Ana Laura Villar Matos, 14, pose for a photograph outside their home in central Havana, Cuba, on Feb. 12. Damaris finished her education at age 21 and works as a secretary in the office of the Historian of the City of Havana. Damaris says that when she was a child she wanted to become a doctor, and that she hopes her daughter will go on to become a doctor. Her daughter Ana Laura says she would like to be a biologist.

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Charlotte Stafrace, 49, and her daughter Scarlett Stafarce, 9, pose for a photograph in the living room of their home in Zebbug, outside Valletta, Malta, on March 2. Charlotte is an actress and freelance drama teacher who finished her education at 17. Charlotte hopes her daughter will be a scientist when she grows up. Scarlett says she will finish her education when she's about 25 and that she would like to be a vet.

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Noor Zia, 40, poses for a photograph with her daughter Saba Ahmadi, 11, at their home in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Feb. 13. Noor, who is a teacher, studied until she was 28. Her ambition was to become a doctor, but she couldn't afford the fees. She hopes her daughter will become a well-known, highly skilled doctor. Saba wants to go to university, and would like to become a renowned lawyer.

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Raimunda Eliandra Alves, 45, poses for a photograph with her daughter Ana Paula Leonardo Justino, 10, at their home at the Pavao-Pavaozinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 10. Raimunda is a supermarket cashier who finished her education at age 19. When she was a child, she wanted to become a math teacher. She hopes that her daughter Ana Paula will become a veterinarian. Ana Paula says that she will go to high school and then finish college in 2025. She wants to be a vet.

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Mohanna Khanal, 35, and her daughter Vipassna Khanal, 12, pose for a photograph in the kitchen of their apartment in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Feb. 4. Mohanna is a school teacher who finished her education when she was 20 years old. Mohanna says that when she was a child, she wanted to become a flight attendant. She hopes that her daughter will become a renowned media personality. Vipassna says that she will finish her education in 2025 and she wants to become a travel agent to promote tourism in Nepal.

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Niculina Fieraru, 39, poses with her daughter Flori Gabriela Dumitrache, 13, in their room in Gura Sutii village, Romania, on Feb. 25. Niculina Fieraru is unemployed and has two children. She hopes that her daughter Flori Gabriela will become a seamstress. Flori Gabriela wants to become a pop singer and she hopes to go to high school in a town 14 miles away, but her family cannot afford to pay for it. A Romanian NGO has offered a scholarship to make this possible.

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Clare Barrett Butler, 37, and her daughter Lily Barrett McHugh, 11, pose for a photograph outside their house in a small hamlet near the village of Ardara in County Donegal, Ireland, on Feb. 27. Clare says she is a homemaker and a mother, and she is continuing her education with courses at college. Clare says that as a child she wanted to work on the special effects of movies or as a stuntwoman. Lily says she thinks she'll stay in education until she is about 20, and would then really like to become a hairdresser. Clare says that she would love her daughter Lily to follow her dreams.

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Bidaa Mhem Thabet al-Hasan (Um Suleiman), 39, poses with her daughter Mariam Khaled Masto, 9, outside their home in Deir al-Zor, Syria, on Feb. 23. Bidaa is the director of a school founded by a group of teachers and volunteers. Her ambition was to become a gynaecologist. She hopes that her daughter will join the pharmacy school, but says that she will let her follow her own ambitions and that her success will make her happy. Mariam will finish her education in 13 years. She would like to become an Arabic teacher in Deir al-Zor.

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Susana Maria Cardona, 33, and her daughter Alejandra Ruby Cardona, 12, pose for a photograph inside their home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Feb. 20. Susana Maria, who is a housewife, finished school at 17. Her ambition was to become a lawyer. She hopes that her daughter will become a doctor. Alejandra Ruby will finish education in 11 years and hopes to be an agronomist.

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Tadjroshan, 40, poses for a photograph with her daughter Ayman, 12, at their house in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Feb. 4. Tadjroshan said that she only went to school for two years, just long enough to learn to read the Koran and then continued to practice reading at home. She now teaches the Koran to local girls. She would like her daughter to fulfil her dream and go to university. Ayman wants to become a doctor, and hopes that her parents will fund her study. She will need to study for 17 more years to become a general practitioner.

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Manami Miyazaki, 39, and her daughter Nanaha, 13, holding her alto saxophone, pose for a photograph at their home in Tokyo, Japan, on Feb. 3. Manami, who is a housewife, studied until she was 20. Her ambition was to work somewhere where she could meet lots of people. She hopes that her daughter will build a loving home with a happy marriage. She says it would be great if her daughter could find work that makes use of her abilities and interests. Nanaha wants to be either a designer, musician or a nurse.

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Lucia Mayta, 43, and her daughter Luz Cecilia, 12, pose for a photograph inside their bodega in La Paz, Bolivia, on Feb. 24. Lucia studied until the fourth grade in primary school, and knows how to read and write and do basic math. Lucia runs a bodega, and the family lives in a back room. She hopes to build a house in the future. Luz Cecilia is in seventh grade and wants to be a singer.

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