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In One Azerbaijan Village, 'Carrying Water Is Women's Work'

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

CELEBILER, Azerbaijan -- In this small, dusty village in central Azerbaijan, daily life for the local women begins at dawn and ends at sunset.

What happens in between, say several Celebiler women, is nonstop labor.

"First we go to the fields," says one woman dressed in a colorful housecoat. "Then we come back and get our buckets and walk a long distance from here to get water. Then we come home, and begin washing clothes by hand. It's torture for us."

"You can't think about resting," says another. "There's no water, no gas. This is real rural life."

The women smile ruefully when asked if they have time for small luxuries like relaxing or watching soap operas. Television, says one, is for people who have nothing to do -- and finding such a woman anywhere here is impossible.

Division Of Labor

In Celebiler and other agriculture-based villages like it throughout Azerbaijan, women maintain the household and raise children. But they are also expected to perform as much physical labor -- and sometimes more -- than that of their husbands.

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In One Azerbaijan Village, 'Carrying Water Is Women's Work'

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