Armeense meisjes klaar voor de strijd

De oorlog is nooit ver weg in Nagorno-Karabach. Fotograaf Lena Mucha ziet meisjes van 14, 15 zich aanmelden bij het leger van het Kaukasusstaatje. Bekijk hier het scrollverhaal.

Lena (15) during clases at Stepanakert Military High School in the self-proclaimed region Nagorny Karabakh, 02.09.2016, Lena Mucha. Part of my project "Young female cadets challenging stereotypes in Armenia"Since the frozen war between Armenia and Azerbaijan erupted again in April 2016, more and more young girls and women are joining the army to defend their country. But in Armenia and Karabakh, societies that often confine them to traditional gender roles, its only the second year that they are allowed to join the military and become combatants.The young women are a first in conservative Armenia, where their peers are expected to stay at home and rear children. But faced with a declining population, as Armenians leave their country to seek better economic opportunities abroad and parents opt to have fewer children, the government has decided to admit women into the army. Despite objections against the girls active role in the military, these female cadets shrug off the criticisms. They are sure that one day they will serve on the frontline between Armenia and Azerbaijan just like their male peers.Lena Mucha

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