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Women forced to scavenge in Indonesia

Increasing numbers of women in Indonesia are being forced to scavenge garbage at landfill sites in order to make a living. The women at the Benowo site in Surabaya, pictured, earn an average of $2 per day, and are among the millions of women currently living below the poverty line. According to the Indonesian Central Bureau of Statistics, the number of poor in the country reached 28.07 million – 70 percent of whom are women.

Women forced to scavenge in Indonesia
A woman sifts through garbage from a landfill at Benowo on March 7, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. These women work at the landfill site everyday earning an average of USD $2. Millions of Indonesian women are currently living below the poverty line. According to the Indonesia Central Bureau of Statistics in March 2013, the number of poor in Indonesia reached 28.07 million people, and 70 % of them are women. Tomorrow, around the world, International Women's day is observed, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. (Getty Images)
Women forced to scavenge in Indonesia
A woman puts a sack of garbage at Benowo landfill on March 7, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. These women work at the landfill site everyday earning an average of USD $2. Millions of Indonesian women are currently living below the poverty line. According to the Indonesia Central Bureau of Statistics in March 2013, the number of poor in Indonesia reached 28.07 million people, and 70 % of them are women. Tomorrow, around the world, International Women's day is observed, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. (Getty Images)
Women forced to scavenge in Indonesia
A woman sits by her child as she scavenges garbage from a landfill at Benowo on March 7, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. These women work at the landfill site everyday earning an average of USD $2. Millions of Indonesian women are currently living below the poverty line. According to the Indonesia Central Bureau of Statistics in March 2013, the number of poor in Indonesia reached 28.07 million people, and 70 % of them are women. Tomorrow, around the world, International Women's day is observed, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. (Getty Images)
Women forced to scavenge in Indonesia
A woman sifts through garbage from a landfill at Benowo on March 7, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. These women work at the landfill site everyday earning an average of USD $2. Millions of Indonesian women are currently living below the poverty line. According to the Indonesia Central Bureau of Statistics in March 2013, the number of poor in Indonesia reached 28.07 million people, and 70 % of them are women. Tomorrow, around the world, International Women's day is observed, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. (Getty Images)
Women forced to scavenge in Indonesia
A woman sifts through garbage from a landfill at Benowo on March 7, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. These women work at the landfill site everyday earning an average of USD $2. Millions of Indonesian women are currently living below the poverty line. According to the Indonesia Central Bureau of Statistics in March 2013, the number of poor in Indonesia reached 28.07 million people, and 70 % of them are women. Tomorrow, around the world, International Women's day is observed, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. (Getty Images)
Women forced to scavenge in Indonesia
A woman scavenges garbage from a landfill at Benowo on March 7, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. These women work at the landfill site everyday earning an average of USD $2. Millions of Indonesian women are currently living below the poverty line. According to the Indonesia Central Bureau of Statistics in March 2013, the number of poor in Indonesia reached 28.07 million people, and 70 % of them are women. Tomorrow, around the world, International Women's day is observed, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. (Getty Images)
Women forced to scavenge in Indonesia
A woman scavenges garbage from a landfill at Benowo on March 7, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. These women work at the landfill site everyday earning an average of USD $2. Millions of Indonesian women are currently living below the poverty line. According to the Indonesia Central Bureau of Statistics in March 2013, the number of poor in Indonesia reached 28.07 million people, and 70 % of them are women. Tomorrow, around the world, International Women's day is observed, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. (Getty Images)
Women forced to scavenge in Indonesia
A woman scavenges garbage from a landfill at Benowo on March 7, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. These women work at the landfill site everyday earning an average of USD $2. Millions of Indonesian women are currently living below the poverty line. According to the Indonesia Central Bureau of Statistics in March 2013, the number of poor in Indonesia reached 28.07 million people, and 70 % of them are women. Tomorrow, around the world, International Women's day is observed, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. (Getty Images)
Women forced to scavenge in Indonesia
A woman scavenges garbage from a landfill at Benowo on March 7, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. These women work at the landfill site everyday earning an average of USD $2. Millions of Indonesian women are currently living below the poverty line. According to the Indonesia Central Bureau of Statistics in March 2013, the number of poor in Indonesia reached 28.07 million people, and 70 % of them are women. Tomorrow, around the world, International Women's day is observed, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. (Getty Images)
Women forced to scavenge in Indonesia
A woman scavenges garbage from a landfill on March 7, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. These women work at the landfill site everyday earning an average of USD $2. Millions of Indonesian women are currently living below the poverty line. According to the Indonesia Central Bureau of Statistics in March 2013, the number of poor in Indonesia reached 28.07 million people, and 70 % of them are women. Tomorrow, around the world, International Women's day is observed, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. (Getty Images)