BARCELONA — In the development and humanitarian aid sector, women are often portrayed as vulnerable or suffering — particularly those who live in challenging situations, faced with the daily realities of poverty, conflict, or crisis. Society has predominantly viewed these women through the experience and vision of male photographers.
Committed to changing that, the following selection of photos — all taken by female photographers — emphasizes women’s humanity and dignity. The original series, entitled “Women by Women,” is a photo campaign and recent exhibition by ActionAid that has been looking to change the face of photography.
In this visual feature, Devex brings a selection of these photos to our audience.
These photos present stories of empowerment, entrepreneurship, and solidarity and were taken by local female photographers to bring a deeper level of understanding and authenticity to women’s experiences. They were also produced in collaboration with the women and girls who feature in them, ensuring they have a choice in how they are represented.
View a selection of these photos from the “Women by Women” campaign.
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