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Khabat Karim Hassan, 62, has been in the beekeeping business since 1993. She began because of her husband’s influence and support, who is also a beekeeper. She supports her family financially through her work. Khabat has participated in many international and local festivals promoting her local produce. Khabat and her husband constantly attempt to raise Kurdistan society’s awareness of beekeeping, with an aim to make a culture of beekeeping that is also profitable. They share their knowledge by volunteering to teach university students in this area about agriculture and beekeeping. “I’ve always encouraged my daughters to start their own businesses and provide for themselves and their families. Regarding work, there is no distinction between men and women. Every woman who strives towards a goal should never let discouragements from society make them give up.” Photos: Zewan Sirwan/Metrography.