Photo-defining Feminism

Attached below is a photo blog defining feminism. Photo & Text: Mithila Jariwala.

Bold
Bold.
Fearless
Fearless.
I do too exist
I do too exist.
Sky is the limit
Sky is the limit.
Barpak Village(Ward 4), Gorkha, Nepal. Shanti Sunar, who belongs to the minority dalit community, lives with her mother and her 3.5 years old son under a small tarpaulin. Their house is completely destroyed in the earthquake. Her father has passed away and her husband works in a foreign country. He has been away for two years and never has he called or sent money. She is helping her mother to build a more sturdy wooden shelter. May 10, 2015.
Strong and Resilient.

I have been very fortunate to have a very strong mother who brought me up without burdening me with any social pressures. She also never differentiated between my brother and me. In fact, I grew more like her as I watched her – tough, open minded, not scared of challenges – and that is what has made me what I am today.

To me feminism is freedom – to be who you want to be, to do what you want to do and live your life the way you want. And that is exactly what I do. But my plight can be well described in Audre Lorde’s words – “ I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are different from my own.”

With my field of work I get to witness extreme lack of rights for women. From women facing cruel practice of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) to just being baby-making machines, from women still suffering from age-old practices during menstruation to child marriages. These are just to name a few that I personally witness in my daily life.
Headshot_Mithila JariwalaMithila Jariwala is a social documentary/humanitarian photographer working on several subjects focusing on women’s issues in South and south-east Asia.

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