Photographed by Feisal Omar, Somalia
Saciido Sheik Yacquub, 34, poses for a picture with her daughter Faadumo Subeer Mohamed, 13, at their home in a camp for internally displaced people in Mogadishu.
Saciido wanted to be a businesswoman when she was a child. She studied until she was 20 and she now runs a small business. She hopes that Faadumo will become a doctor.
Faadumo will finish school in 2017 and also hopes to be a doctor when she grows up.
By Reuters Photographers
On March 8 activists will celebrate
International Women’s Day, which dates back
to the early 20th Century and has been
observed by the United Nations since 1975.
In the run-up to the event, Reuters
photographers in countries around the globe
took a series of portraits of women and their
They asked each mother what her profession
was, at what age she had finished education,
and what she wanted her daughter to become
when she grew up.
They also asked each daughter at what age she
would finish education and what she wanted
to do in the future. The series of images they
produced offers an insight into the lives of
women and girls around the world.
Photographed by Joe Penney, Mali
Oumou Ndiaye, 30, and her daughter Aissata Golfa, 9, pose for a picture in their house in Bamako.
Oumou, who is a housewife, did not go to school. As a child she hoped to marry a local businessman. She hopes her daughter will marry someone from their ethnic group
when she grows up, and that she will stay in education until she is 20 years old.
Aissata says that she will finish school when she is 18, and wants to be a schoolteacher.
Photographed By David Mercado, Bolivia
Lucia Mayta, 43, and her daughter Luz Cecilia, 12, pose for a photograph inside their bodega in La Paz.
Lucia studied until the fourth grade of primary school, and knows how to read and write and do basic math.
She runs a bodega, and the family live in a back room. Lucia hopes to build a house in the future. Luz Cecilia is in 7th grade and wants to be a singer.
Photographed by Darren Staples, Britain
Claire Coyne, 43, poses for a photograph with her daughter Ella, 10, at their home in Shepshed, central England.
Claire, an assistant banker at Coutts, studied until she was 15. Her ambition as a child was to be a Physical Education (P.E) teacher. She said that she doesn’t mind what her
daughter becomes, as long as she enjoys herself.
Ella hasn’t thought about when she will finish education yet, but says that she might like to go to university. She’s not sure what she would like to do when she grows up, but
probably wants to be a dance teacher.
Susana Maria Cardona, 33, poses with her daughter Ruby Alejandra Cardona, 12, at his home in Tegucigalpa. Susana Maria studied up to 17 years and is a housewife. You like
your daughter to be medical but the Small wants to be a lawyer.
JORGE CABRERA (REUTERS)
Photographed by Mansi Thapliyal, India
Sulochna Mohan Sawant, 23, poses for a picture with her daughter Shamika Sawant, 5, inside their home in Mumbai.
Sulochna, who works as a maid, wanted to become a doctor when she was a child. However, the school she attended was far from her home and she could only study until
the age of 14.
Sulochna says she doesn’t want her daughter to follow the same profession as her; she wants her to go on to become a teacher. Shamika also wants to become a teacher.
Hala Tanmus de 40 años y su hija Maya de 10, posan en su casa en Cisjordania. Hala finalizó sus estudios a los 20 años de edad y es secretaria. Cuando era joven quería ser
abogada. Maya quiere ser diseñadora de interiores, profesión que también le gusta a su madre.
AMMAR AWAD (REUTERS)
Vered, 43, with her daughter Alma, 13, at his home in Kibbutz Hukuk near the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. Vered got a degree in design at the age of 27 and currently
conducts educational art projects in local communities. Vered hopes his daughter Alma find a job that will bring happiness and satisfaction. Alma will graduate high school in
five years, at age 18. She would like to work in the film industry as a director, camera, editor or actress.
NIR ELIAS (REUTERS)
Photographed by Mike Hutchings, South Africa
Thozama Kala, 30, and her daughter Mpho, 9, pose for a photograph in the kitchen of their home in Cape Town’s Langa township.
Thozama is studying office management after matriculating in 2002. She hopes that her daughter will become a doctor. Mpho says she wants to be a teacher.
Bulgarian migrant Ayshe Kakarmustafa, 33, and her daughter Neriman, 11, pose for a photograph at their home in Dortmund, Germany February 22, 2014. Ayshe finished
school at 14 and used to work in a shoe factory in Bulgaria. When she was a girl, she wanted to become a hairdresser. Ayshe hopes that her daughter Neriman will do
whatever she wants when she grows up. Neriman would like to become a doctor. (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)
Manami Miyazaki, 39, poses with her daughter standing Nanaha 13, appearing with his saxophone in a room of his home in Tokyo. Manami is a housewife and studied until
age 20. I wish there was a job that would allow him meet new people. He hopes that she formed a family and would love Nanaha could find a job that would allow him to
develop his skills. Nanaha wants to be a designer, artist or nurse.
TORU HANAI (REUTERS)
Photographed by Khalil Ashawi, Syria
Bidaa Mhem Thabet al-Hasan (Um Suleiman), 39, poses with her daughter Mariam Khaled Masto, 9, outside their home in Deir al-Zor.
Bidaa is the director of a school founded by a group of teachers and volunteers. When she was younger she was interested in science and her ambition was to become a
gynaecologist. However, due to family difficulties she dropped school after completing the baccalaureate. She eventually finished her education in 2010.
Bidaa hopes that her daughter will study pharmacy, but says that she will let her follow her own ambitions. She says her daughter’s 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.
Lucy Oyela, de 42 años, posa con su hija Abber Lillian, de 14 años, en su casa de Onang cerca de la ciudad de Gulu, en el norte de Uganda. Ella dice que cuando era niña
quería ser maestra. Lucy desea que su hija sea enfermera. Su hija Abber Lillian dice que no sabe con cuántos años terminara su educación y desconoce a qué se dedicara en
JAMES AKENA (REUTERS)
Damaris Matos Curbelo, 43, and her daughter Laura Villar Ana Matos, 14, pose at the door of his home in Havana (Cuba). Damaris completed his education at age 21 and
works as a secretary in the office of the City Historian of Havana. As a child I wanted to be a doctor, and hopes that her daughter is. Ana Laura wants to be a biologist.
Photographed by Omar Sobhani, Afghanistan
Noor Zia, 40, poses for a photograph with her daughter Saba Ahmadi, 11, at their home in Kabul.
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.
Glass Kylie, 40, and daughter Abby Crystal, 12, Caringbah (Sydney). Kylie left school at 17 and now works forming infant caregivers. He says that when I was little, I wanted to
work with children. Kylie just wants her daughter to be happy and have good health. Abby would like to work with something related to science and become a police or
coroner also something completely different like working in a hair salon.
JASON REED (REUTERS)
Photographed by Kim Hong-Ji, South Korea
Kang Hyun-jeong, 43, and her daughter Yoo Ha-min, 11, pose for a photograph in the living room of their apartment in Seoul.
Kang Hyun-jeong has a job in accounts. She says that she started working in her senior year of high school, but she began a business degree in 1999 at the Korea National
Open University because she wanted to study more.
She juggled work and classes and graduated eight years later in 2007. She hopes to get a masters degree when her children grow up.
Kang Hyun-jeong says her children are talented in the arts but she knows that it is difficult to make money in this field. She’s worried about that, but still wants to root for
Her daughter Yoo Ha-min says she wants to be a designer or a painter when she grows up.
Photographed by Zohra Bensemra, Pakistan.
Tadjroshan, 40, poses for a photograph with her daughter Ayman, 12, at their house in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad.
Tadjroshan said that she only went to school for two years, just long enough to learn to read the Koran. She then continued to practice reading at home and she now teaches
the Koran to local girls.
She would like her daughter to fulfill 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.
Alicia and her daughter Chiquin Fidelina Ja, 43 and 18 respectively, pose at their home in Pambach, Guatemala. Alicia has not always studied and worked the land. His
daughter Fidelina has not only studied and aspires to work in the field as his mother and look after the house
Adetola Ibitoye, 39, sits with her daughter Iteoluwa Ibitoye, age 9, at home in Omole, Lagos (Nigeria) district. Small, Adetola, wanted a fashion business. Now she is a clothing
designer. Adetola want your daughter to be the best in everything he wants. His daughter says most want to be a university professor.
AKINTUNDE Akinleye (REUTERS)
Samann Loh, 40, and her daughter Given Tan, 10, pose for a photograph in their apartment in Singapore February 25, 2014. Samann works as a human resource director at a
preschool education group. As a child she had many ambitions, including being a fashion designer and an air stewardess. She later realised her dream of becoming an air
stewardess. Samann hopes her daughter can pursue something that she is truly passionate about. Given Tan would like to be a fashion designer when she is older.
Tonia Giannari, 39 and her daughter Elena Giannari, 10, pose for a photograph inside their apartment in Athens February 24, 2014. Tonia is a stay-at-home mother who
finished her education at age 18. She hopes her daughter will become a dance teacher when she grows up. Elena would also like to become a dance teacher.
Niculina Fieraru, 39, poses with her daughter Flori Gabriela Dumitrache, 13, in their room in Gura Sutii village, Romania February 25, 2014. 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 23 km (14 miles) away, but her family cannot afford to pay for it. A Romanian NGO has offered a scholarship to make this possible. (REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel)
Raimunda Eliandra Alves, de 45 años, posa con su hija Ana Paula Leonardo Justino, de 10 años, en su casa en la favela de Pavao-Pavaozinho en Río de Janeiro (Brasil).
Raimunda estudió hasta los 19 años y es cajera de supermercado. Cuando era una niña quería ser profesora de matemáticas. Le gustaría que su hija fuese veterinaria, en lo
que coincide con Ana Paula.
SERGIO MORAES (REUTERS)
Charlotte Stafrace, 49, and her daughter Scarlett Stafarce, 9, pose for a photograph in the living room of their home in Zebbug, outside Valletta March 2, 2014. 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
education when she's about 25 and that she would like to be a vet. (REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi)
Marisa del Carmen Moreno, 30, and her daughter Alicia Isabel Santa Maria, 10, pose for a photograph outside their home in Panama City February 13, 2014. Marisa is an
architect. She finished her education at age 29. When she was a child she wanted to become a veterinarian. She hopes her daughter will grow up to become an artist.
Marisa's daughter Alicia Isabel hopes to go to university and would like to become a chef or a painter. (REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)
Photographed by Umit Bektas, Turkey
Tahsiye Ozyilmaz, 33, and her daughter Halime, 14, pose for a photograph at their home in Zeytinpinar Village of Derik, a Kurdish town in Mardin Province.
Tahsiye, who is a housewife, didn’t go to school. She says would have liked to become a teacher, but she had an arranged marriage at the age of 17. She wants her daughter
to finish her education, and would like her to become a doctor.
Halime stopped going to school last year because it was 10 km from her house and the journey was too difficult.
The 14-year-old says she would have liked to become a doctor, but now this is impossible. She thinks she will have an arranged marriage when she is 17 or 18, like her mother
Photographed by Rick Wilking, United States
Denise Arthur, 52, and her daughter Linnaea Thibedeau, 13, pose for a photograph at their home near Blackhawk, Colorado.
Denise is a restoration ecologist. She has a Ph.D and finished her education at age 34. Her ambition as a child was to be an animal behaviorist like Jane Goodall.
Denise hopes her daughter Linnaea will be a biologist when she grows up. Linnaea would like to get a Ph.D and become a marine biologist
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
February 27, 2014. 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. She says that she would love her daughter Lily to follow her dreams and become a hairdresser. Lily says she thinks she'll stay
in education until she is about 20, and she would really like to become a hairdresser. (REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)
Mohanna Khanal, 35, and her daughter Vipassna Khanal, 12, pose for a photograph in the kitchen of their apartment in Kathmandu February 4, 2014. 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. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)
Rima Bader, 44, poses with her daughter Reina, 13, inside their apartment in Beirut February 25, 2014. Rima is an interior designer but she says that when she was growing
up she wanted to be an engineer. Rima wants her daughter to work in whatever profession she chooses, but she says she would love to see her in the field of engineering.
Reina says she will finish education when she is around 21 years old. She wants to be an architect when she grows up. (REUTERS/Jamal Saidi)
Rosaura Realsola, 51, poses for a photograph with her daughter Alexandra Yamileth, 13, in front of their home in Tepito in Mexico City February 20, 2014. Rosaura is a
domestic cleaner, who finished her education at age 16. She says that when she was a child, she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. Rosaura hopes that her daughter
Alexandra will become a nurse. Alexandra will finish education in 2023 and says she wants to be a nurse when she grows up. (REUTERS/Henry Romero)
Zhang Haijing, 41, and her daughter Zhu Nuo, 11, pose for a photograph outside their apartment building in Lanzhou, Gansu province February 5, 2014. Zhang Haijing
finished her education at age 23 and is a mid-level manager for Xinhua Bookstore Group. When she was a child, she wanted to become a pre-school teacher. Zhang Haijing
says she wants her daughter Zhu Nuo to have a stable job, but does not mind what she does so long as she is happy. Zhu Nuo says she wants to get a doctoral degree and
become a professor. (REUTERS/Aly Song)