Attached below is a photo blog defining feminism. Photo & Text: Mithila Jariwala.
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.
Mithila Jariwala is a social documentary/humanitarian photographer working on several subjects focusing on women’s issues in South and south-east Asia.