Portrait of Kumari

PhotographerMatilde Gattoni
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

India - West Bengal - Dooars Region - Kumari, 9, sits on her aunt's bed at her family home in Mogulkata Tea Estate. Kumari's family has been living in the Tea Estate for 3 generations and she will probably be taking her mother or father's position once they will retire in order to avoid being kicked out of their land and considering the very little job opportunities in a very isolated village. India is the second largest tea producer in the world. But while its green leaves are on the shelves of every supermarket and tea boutique across the globe, women workers still live under the remnants of a slavery system conceived under British colonialism. Tea is one of the biggest industries in India, accounting for 14 percent of world tea exports and employing 3,5 million people, the vast majority of them women.