The Matriarchs (48 images)

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The Indian city of Imphal is home to the largest women-only market in the world. Created more than 400 years ago, it is nowadays an icon of freedom and female empowerment.

The Ima Keithel (or “mother’s market”) hosts more than 10,000 female vendors selling all kinds of products, from food to textiles and handicrafts. With time, these courageous businesswomen have learnt to benefit from the bazaar’s economic strength to gain influence within society and...
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