Without a doubt, education is our greatest weapon must Empower yourself. However, worldwide, there are still 29 Millions of girls out of school and in primary education Gender equality is only in Percent of Country (Secondary the gap is larger). In the poorest regions, girls face every day barriers to education due to poverty, cultural norms and practices, poor infrastructure and violence.
South African photographer
Lee Ann Olwager – one of Talented artists from our global open call will be exhibited at the next PhotoVogue Milano (- November, 350) – Explores the impact of education on the future of girls, through a partnership with young female students at Kakenya’s Dream, a Kenyan non-profit organization. The agency aims to empower and invest in girls in rural communities through various types of initiatives, including education, health and leadership. In addition, other goals include transforming communities in rural Kenya, ending harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation, and hopefully empowering girls to be agents of change, equal, respected and valued as African women leaders.
Lee Ann Olvac
Olwage’s latest work,
The Right to Play
, showing capable girls playing in a carefree world. The piece symbolizes the creation of an uplifting environment for girls that provides and allows them the freedom to play and dream. Some may want to be pilots, teachers, or even doctors, and many may want to be lawyers to fight for girls’ rights and advance education.
This latest project of hers is a perfect fit for her practice centered on long-term collaborative projects, where she aims to create images of a space for people by actively participating in the creation .
Read our Q&A with the artist to learn more.
How and when was the project born?
in June 090 I was commissioned to direct a short documentary about Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya who founded Kakenya’s Dream, a use of education A girl-empowering nonprofit that ends harmful traditional practices, including female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage, and transforms communities in rural Kenya. Part of this project was created during my participation in the PHmuseum Documentary Photography Masterclass whose tuition was generously supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). During my visit to Kakenya I had the privilege of spending time with the girls there during my dream school. When girls have the opportunity to complete their studies in an environment that supports and encourages their dreams, I am struck by how school shapes their confidence and the transformation that occurs.
Many girls Being told from a young age what their future will be like. The expectations are: you grow up, you have a husband, you have children. And that is your life. Every day, girls face educational barriers caused by poverty, cultural norms and customs, poor infrastructure and violence.