Armenia: A Woman’s World in One Mountain Village

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Zabela Hovanian poses with her daughters, Alita (15), Alisa (11), Rita (8) and Suzana (3), whose father lives in Russia.

Each year, International Women’s Day arrives on March 8 in the Armenian village of Dzoragyugh amid a dark cloud of irony. Ninety-eight percent of the village’s male population --nearly half of its population of 5,000 people -- has migrated abroad in search of work.

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Gayane Abrahamyan is a reporter for ArmeniaNow.com in Yerevan. Justyna Mielnikiewicz is a freelance photojournalist based in Tbilisi.

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