Showing Strength in SEPTEMBER

QUICK BACKSTORY:: We created a 2014 Calendar with 100% of funds going to help rebuild one of the many villages in the Philippines destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. With the profits from the Calendars and many other amazing peoples generosity we (a big we) have been able to rebuild over a 100 homes and support so many more families… we are now into helping to rebuild a second village where many still need support. These blogs are images (month by month that were used in the Calendar from around the world) to give you some background story and some more food for thought.

STRENGTH… Your ability to rise against all odds and remain strong

Your ability to rise against all odds & remain strong

Your ability to rise against all odds & remain strong

I captured this beautiful strong woman in Rwanda when I decided to team up with a local art gallery and shoot the women who were working making crafts in a workshop attached to the gallery. Over a few afternoons I meet with the ladies set up a sheet and different kitenges as backdrops and shot images of the ladies which we used in a small exhibition on International Women’s Day  to show the strength and resilience women have.

This woman came out and didn’t seem all that keen to have her photo taken.  She had a pouty face and look genuinely pissed off. Through my friend I managed to translate and ask if she didn’t want to participate and that she didn’t have to… I really don’t like people feeling they are forced into something… but she agreed and said she wanted to be part of it!

When I looked through the lens at her I knew she was photogenic… some people just naturally click with the camera and she sure did – super powerful and strong. When she saw the first few photos she relaxed – and as I got to know her over the course of the week printing coming back to hang the photos she eased and I really got to see her strength and power not to mention beauty.

These images are some of the results…

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#SHEINSPIRES

At the end of 2012 India and the world was rocked with the news of the horrific gang rape and murder of a beautiful young woman whose future was beyond bright. In order to continue the outcry by the public for more safety for women. UN Women India set about on a huge campaign to increase awareness and have people join together, united, to fight violence against women.

I had never entered a photo competition before but this was a cause I felt strongly and passionate about. I spent three days in Dharavi, Mumbai talking with people about their views & hearing stories. There were a lot of discussions that went on in the community which was more important than the photos for sure.

I entered one in the competition and it was one of the top 3 chosen to further advocate for Women’s Freedom from violence !

Teach your son's to respect women - just one way to try & change the culture of violence against women.

Teach your son’s to respect women – just one way to try & change the culture of violence against women.

Since the campaign started the image has been widely shared and used widely for exhibitions, conferences, social media, publications and other mediums to inspire change.

I just received a parcel from UN Women with their 2014 greeting card & calendar (pictured below)! I feel privileged and proud to be playing a part in advocating for change!

UN Women

Inspiring Change is the 2014 theme for internationalwomensday.com which is tomorrow March 8th.

The day is set as a reminder to encourage advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change.

What women do you know that have INSPIRED change?

Celebrate them #SHEINSPIRES

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography

#SHEINSPIRES © Tash McCarroll Photography