Mar 8, 2021

Our recent workshops update

Friends, as the world is still mostly in lockdown, we do our best to engage women in our workshops online.

In February we started a new series of workshops in partnership with The Cameroon Association of Women in Media known by its French acronym as AFMEC. Women joined from all 10 regions of Cameroon to learn about documentary photography and storytelling.

We are looking forward to the stories they produce, meanwhile hoping that soon the pandemic will recede and we will be able to travel to Gaza for the workshop.

Enjoy the latest photos, and happy upcoming IWD. Check out our Instagram account for an ongoing Women's Day campaign highlighting photographs from women's protests around the world!

In Solidarity,
femLENS

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Jan 11, 2021

2021 - A year of women's stories

femLENS Team Meeting
femLENS Team Meeting

Dear Friends and Supporters, 

Happy New Year! Let’s make 2021 a year of more important visual stories by women who are not held back by anything!

As we said good bye to 2020 we also published the fourth issue of our documentary photography magazine "We See". You can download it for free on our website or buy a hard copy of the magazine on Blurb.com.

The magazine brings together the best of the photo stories made by femLENS workshop participants, and features articles by our volunteers on issues related to women's rights, photography and the effects of the pandemic on different spheres of our lives.

femLENS has been publishing "We See" magazine for three years now and we believe that it is a vital resource for women's visual storytelling. It allows us to present these stories to audiences around the world, and just as importantly, the magazine allows us to preserve these stories in a format that lends care and respect to the content that fills it. We love the democratisation of photography, publishing, global communication that technology has given us and feel that it is our responsibility to use this technology thoughtfully and purposefully. The magazines, together with our street exhibitions (our latest one happened in Narva, Estonia in November 2020), are our way of providing the connection between women finding their voices and stories, and audiences who more and more experience media in a very limited way due to algorithms, corporate and political interests. 

Your support allows us to print a few copies of this magazine that we will later share with organisations that will preserve them. Buying issues of the magazine also makes the magazine stay on Blurb.com so that others can purchase it as Blurb requires that at least one copy is bought within 14 days of publishing on their platform. 

We welcome your feedback about the magazine! And please feel free to share it with your community!

We will be publishing an impact report for an overview of 2021 in the next months, but you are invited to read our volunteer impact report for 2020.

Best wishes,
femLENS

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Nov 6, 2020

A year of challenges

Dear Friends and Supporters, 

The year 2020 took us all by surprise, and has left deep marks on many lives. We hope that this email finds you well and your loved ones safe.

While our plans for the year were altered radically, we are happy to report that we have also managed to do some things as planned. In August 2015 we ran our first series of documentary photography workshops in Balgaddy, Dublin, Ireland, and to celebrate five years of community storytelling this August we self-published a book "Unlearning the Ordinary: through a lens for the commons". You can order the book at the link bellow, or download the PDF. We have also been running a small fundraiser to be able to send the book to libraries and community centres in the communities where the stories were made, and to photographic libraries and collections with the hope of addding diversity and alternative points of views of these historic times to important archives. We've printed 20 copies and are starting to prepare packages to go out soon!

We are also running a photo print sale to raise funds in solidarity with our workshop participants in Shatila refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon has been through so much in the last year, and those who are most vulnerable in society, refugees, are struggling to stay afloat until the crisis ends. With the holiday season just around the corner, buying a photo print as a gift knowing that the proceeds will go towards supporting a refugee woman, is a good way to finish the year and celebrate the spirit of the season. Please share the link with people passionate about photography in your community. And if there is a photo on our website that you really like, feel free to reach out to us and we will gladly make a print of it for you!

We've also published many interesting articles which you can read on our website. One of them even offers tips on how to deal with stresss through photography. We hope that you enjoy reading the pieces by our thoughtful volunteers.

We're also happy to say that we've been selected to offer our workshops part of the TeachersRise project. If you work in education or know someone who does and who would benefit from such training, please feel free to share the link! 

Finally, we are planning a Digital Photo Festival called HER|visual|STORY which will take place online between 25-28 November. We will be announcing the speakers and the program soon so follow our social media channels or check the website if you would like to participate!

Thanks again for being with us. Stay safe!
In Solidarity,
femLENS Team

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