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Voices on the Rise: Afghan Women Making the News

Voices on The Rise Exhibition

Voices on The Rise Exhibition

Photo Journalism Exhibition
June 21-July 6, 2012
Atrium, City Hall, The Hague

Nederlandstalig Persbericht

Gemeente Den Haag Aankondiging Fototentoonstelling

From June 21 to July 6, Voices on the Rise: Afghan Women Making the News explored the lives of Afghan women from a perspective rarely seen.  This photojournalism exhibition looks at the role professional Afghan women play in working towards the reconstruction of their country in a range of fields -- journalism, the arts, government, politics, human rights and others.  Following Paris, the United Kingdom, Canada, Indonesia, Belgium, the exhibition continued its international tour to The Hague in June 2012.

The exhibition is dedicated to Afghan women -- unsung heroes who are working to help rebuild their country and who are fighting to support the emergence of a more egalitarian society there.  The rights of these women are protected by the 2004 Afghan Constitution, yet they continue to labor under the weight of tradition and face ever-increasingly challenges in their day-to-day lives.

Participation in civil society, the media, the arts and politics, however, does not accurately reflect the lives of the vast majority of Afghan women, particularly in rural areas.  The women portrayed in this exhibition are pioneers and their spirit and determination show that, in spite of the challenges, Afghan women’s voices are, more than ever, on the rise.

The European Foundation for Democracy and the Embassy of the United States of America brought Voices on the Rise: Afghan Women Making the News to The Hague, from June 21 to July 6, 2012.