It is a simple idea, and a bold one: Women and girls have the power to lead their countries away from war to peace and prosperity. But only if we stop the violence that is holding them back.
After long-standing conflict across the region, West Africa is embarking on an era of peace and stability. Recognizing this timely opportunity to shape women’s status in post-conflict societies, the International Rescue Committee is working to support women and girls’ full participation in society in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire. Through Women & Girls Rebuilding Nations, the IRC has reached hundreds of thousands of people across West Africa and is fundamentally changing the way that governments, the international community, and humanitarian groups work withwomen and girls.
These photographs were taken in Côte d’Ivoire by girls participating in the Global Crescendo project (a project of Women & Girls Rebuilding Nations). The IRC trains girls to use digital cameras to document the issues that affect their lives. The girls then use these photographs to spark discussion and advocate for change in their communities. Many of them had never before used a camera, but their passion, conviction, and optimism are apparent in every image.