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"We Love Freedom" - Bashkir women talk about family values

In recent years, Russian authorities have stressed the need to protect family values. In Bashkortostan, a multinational republic within the Russian Federation, it became even more difficult to have a dialogue about the role of women in a modern world. However, the comparison of traditional and modern values is key to understanding the existing problems. Bashkir women shared their thoughts on today's life in a system still dictated by society and family, where they are expected to retain their traditional roles. (Photos by RFE/RL's Sergey Poteryaev/Tatar-Bashkir Service)
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Regina 29 years old, art historian "I think that the goal for a Bashkir girl is to be worthy of her nation and its history. It's important, while possessing gadgets, to build traditions into modern realities. I have made the breastplate necklace myself and I plan to use ethnic patterns in my wardrobe further on."
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Regina

29 years old, art historian

"I think that the goal for a Bashkir girl is to be worthy of her nation and its history. It's important, while possessing gadgets, to build traditions into modern realities. I have made the breastplate necklace myself and I plan to use ethnic patterns in my wardrobe further on."

Salima 29 years old, artist at a television station "I am the daughter of my nation, not just my father and mother. I am constantly in search of information about the history of my ancestors. For a Bashkir girl, there is no big difference between the traditional and modern way of life. I like the traditional way and I feel comfortable in it. For example when my husband is hungry, I cannot let him eat a simple sandwich. And I had a dowry."
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Salima

29 years old, artist at a television station

"I am the daughter of my nation, not just my father and mother. I am constantly in search of information about the history of my ancestors. For a Bashkir girl, there is no big difference between the traditional and modern way of life. I like the traditional way and I feel comfortable in it. For example when my husband is hungry, I cannot let him eat a simple sandwich. And I had a dowry."

Uraliya 13 years old, schoolgirl "I think that it is difficult to live with traditional values in the modern world. Nowadays, life is easier and that has certain consequences. Yet, I would like to have a big family and not to forget about my career."
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Uraliya

13 years old, schoolgirl

"I think that it is difficult to live with traditional values in the modern world. Nowadays, life is easier and that has certain consequences. Yet, I would like to have a big family and not to forget about my career."

Lyaisan 31 years old, journalist "It's cool to be Bashkir. Even though we are different, there's a belligerence in our blood. Previously, when men went to war, women would take over all their responsibilities. However, is that equality?"
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Lyaisan

31 years old, journalist

"It's cool to be Bashkir. Even though we are different, there's a belligerence in our blood. Previously, when men went to war, women would take over all their responsibilities. However, is that equality?"

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