Sep 8, 2021

Women's stories matter today more than ever

Dear friends and supporters,

As many of us watched the situation in Afghanistan unfold, we all probably had the same thought - what will happen to the women, children and men as the pushback to fundamentalism rolls through the country.

femLENS and our community members are reaching out to those who have remained in Afghanistan in order to offer our support and professional expertise. Many cannot flee, others don't want to abandon their country, so it is our responsibility to try to help in any way we can. While access to financial resources may be one of the main needs right now, storytelling plays a vital role so that no story stays in the shadow, so we cannot say that we didin't know. 

Please consider doing some research and helping out local organisations spread the word whether through translating articles or amplifying their work. 

If you’re not sure who to support, please reach out and we will be happy to suggest a few local organisations.

Meanwhile, check out our latest articles part of the femLENS “skin” campaign about representation and appearence.

Thanks for being with us and for caring!

Warm wishes,

Jekaterina

Jul 1, 2021

Women at Work

Dear Supporters,

We believe (and we're sure you agree), that to empower women we need to respect their labour. Our "Women at Work" campaign seeks to highlight and celebrate female labour as seen by women themselves. While it may seem like much of the world went digital, many women continued to provide vital services to their communities. Please take the time to read through the articles about women's labour, and check out the photo stories from around the world (links below). 

In these last months, we’ve also done a series of photography workshops and zine-making workshops with women living in Donegal and Dublin, Ireland. Many of the stories, naturally, focused on women’s work in farming. But there are also complex stories about domestic violence and animal welfare, and more lighthearted ones about creativity, motherhood and energy. We will be publishing the stories soon, watch this space, they are very inspirational!

And as the world is beginning to open up, we hope that in the coming future we will finally be able to travel to Gaza to do our workshops with women and girls living there so we can see their world through their eyes.

Stay safe everyone! And thanks for being with us.

Sincerely,
Jekaterina and the femLENS Team

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May 7, 2021

Stories that Matter

IWD Celebration in Cameroon
IWD Celebration in Cameroon

Dear friends,

As we continue to work online, our workshops reach women across the globe. In March we ran a series of documentary photography workshops with women working in the media across Cameroon. Photography in Cameroon is yet to take hold, but we're happy to have contributed to the making of the first visual stories on issues that matter.

The workshop participants have created a number of engaging stories, about tribal elections, beautiful travel scenes, but two of them stood out - on deforestation in the north of the country and problems with water supply. 

It's one thing when we read about these topics, or hear stories, without seeing the impact these issues are having on people and communities. Photographs are critical to such stories, they help us see the real people and landscapes that are being impacted by our lack of action in relation to climate change. We look forward to new work coming from Cameroon!

In March, for International Women's Day, we ran a campaign across our social media platforms, gathering and sharing photographs from women's protests from around the work. We got over 20 submission from all continents! The photos were put together into a zine that can be printed and distributed in your local community, to celebrate the brave women fighting for our collective rights.

We are now also in the midst of another campaign - "Women at Work". The goal is to gather images of real women doing real jobs. You can read a series of articles related to the theme of women and labour, and follow the #femlensatwork hashtag to see women around the world performing a variety of jobs. A collection of photographs truly beyond stereotypes.

Donate to femLENS so we can continue to provide learning opportunities, and to highlight existing work! 

We're grateful for your engagement with our work.

Sincerely,

Jekaterina and the femLENS Team

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