“For Every Woman” is a tribute to the strength and commitment of every woman in Kurdistan who strives to enrich and build strong communities that foster equality and growth.
In a region marred by conflict, violence, and instability, people have demonstrated time and time again their resilience and perseverance. For women, barriers constructed by social stigma and engrained cultural norms that have dictated their mobility, limited their capacity to contribute and lead, and often turned down the volume on their critical needs, have also led to disproportionate and alarmingly high levels of gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide.
In the first 6 months of 2022, the number of reported “honor” killings surpassed the annual total for 2021. While this terrifying upsurge might also indicate an increase in public awareness and concern for GBV, the senseless killing of a reported 30 women is not only an assault on their human rights, but also a devastating loss for their families, and ultimately for Kurdistan’s society.
“For Every Woman” not only highlights the talents, skills, and progress that women have made despite ongoing challenges, but also the contribution of others – women, men, and children – to their success. This collection, curated by Kurdish and foreign photographers from Iraq’s premiere photo agency, Metrography, is the physical manifestation of what peaceful and supportive coexistence can achieve. Men and women photographers came together to build the beautiful narrative before you.
These stories of strong, courageous, and inspirational women in Kurdistan are only a few of many. “For Every Woman” is a window into the myriad contributions of some of Kurdistan’s inspirational women, as seen through the lens.
Investing in women is critical to achieving a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability. Collective and consistent action is needed to stop GBV, including femicide. Support us today.
This exhibition was made possible with the generous support of the United States Government.
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