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The Indian state of Manipur boasts the largest women-only market in the world, a unique icon of freedom and female empowerment.

Created more than 400 years ago in the city of Imphal, the Ima Keithel (or “mother’s market”) hosts more than 10,000 businesswomen who hold an unprecedented role in local society, acquired through hundreds of years of activism and spectacular mobilisations.

The Ima Keithel mothers regularly confront local armed groups,...
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