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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
A Broken Promise

The dowry custom reinforces the idea that girls and women are a burden on society and that their value can be reduced to money and material goods. Until women are valued as equal and contributing members of society, gender inequality will persist. In the photo the woman named was monira who married a rickshaw puller in 2016. According to her husband’s family, monira repeatedly emotionally and physically abused during the marriage over her dowry.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Bogura, Bangladesh
Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Copyright: © Golam rabbani shojib