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Empowerment, Through a lens! Photographers reflect on empowerment!

On International Women's day in 2012 the Man Up campaign presented the "Through our Lens" exhibition. Man Up is a global campaign to activate youth to stop violence against women and girls. Several photographers displayed their work at "Through our Lens" exhibition ; projects and images with emphasis on broad concepts of empowerment. The goal was not to present women as victims, there were no photos of blood, weapons, conflict and death but only photos that present women as powerful and confident individuals. The exhibit also captured themes from community to fatherhood, highlighting how the strength that comes from relationships empowers people.

Photo of Sofia Zafeiropoulou
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Great exhibition that shows that people of either sex have to learn to take responsibilities and learn respect for men and women and socialize to
bring change for the better. The Man Up campaign is created for this exact reason, to provide a creative space and foster a passion for social justice.

You can find details about this project and all of the photographic material here: 

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/empowerment-through-a-lens/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1

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Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

Thanks Sofia. Interesting points but could you add the link to the Man Up Campaign for people who like me would like to learn more.

Can you also give just a bit more background about the objective of this campaign and the type of photos?

I can see some interesting connections with previous posts on the role of art and artists as well as with empathy. There are a few inspirations you might want to build upon.


http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/walk-in-her-shoes

http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/to-understand-women-s-pain-during-child-delivery-these-2-men-experienced-it-in-real

http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/heroines-of-daily-life

http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/street-art-activism-as-a-vehicle-for-change

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Photo of Sofia Zafeiropoulou

Thank you for your comments A-L !

Here is the link to the Man Up campaign: http://www.manupcampaign.org

The campaign's goal is to to transform communities, nations and the world. They engage youth in a global movement to end gender-based violence and advance gender equality through programming and support of youth-led initiatives.

They try to promote gender equality and sensitivity among global youth an to build a community of like-minded individuals, initiatives and organization.

Thank you for the connections. I'll check them and build upon.

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Photo of Sofia Zafeiropoulou

The photos: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/empowerment-through-a-lens/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1 present women that despite the fact that they could feel threatened for different reasons they seem empowered.

The photographers were actually asked to approach in their own way the meaning of empowerment.

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Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

thanks for the extra information and links. You might want to add them to your post (you can edit it) so that it's easy for all to find.

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Photo of Sofia Zafeiropoulou

Thanks A-L!
I'll edit my post!