Men. Every where we go in Ethiopia to visit our projects, we see men. We talk to men. We stay with men, and they show us how our projects are making a difference in the lives of their communities. Most often, the men are not camera shy.
And I have to admit they are a colorful, charismatic, captivating lot. And for hairstyles and head gear they are unequalled.
We saw women, of course, but we had to work a bit harder to meet them and talk to them. They were often inside, or working, and reluctant to talk or be seen, modest about the camera.
And if I was honest, I had to admit that I had a bias towards the lives of the men we met. They seemed bolder, more interesting, with their outdoor lives–their animals, weapons, gear, clothing. The lives of rural women seemed to be more confined, harsh, limited.
I began to realize that for all the time we spent with our beneficiaries, I didn’t have a good idea of what life was really like for a rural Ethiopian woman. How free were they in their own households? How hard did they work? What was a typical day like for a village woman?
I thought I should go and find out.