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The Weak Gender / 'Silpnoji Lytis'

“I imagined once we start walking, some women will ask for help, but it never happened,” said Santa Nazarova, 25, taking part in basic training for Lithuania’s National Defense Volunteer Force (NDVF) - the part time military, a third of which is made up of women. “In military, you have no separate rules and differences between genders - everyone wears the same backpack, you go clean the same toilets,” she said.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Lithuania
Camera: NIKON D7100
Copyright: © Ben Gerdziunas