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SIS students were asked to submit photos of human rights issues in order to raise awareness of the important work they are doing around the world. Below are our top submissions. Please take a moment to read about the fantastic work SIS students have done!
International Communications Graduate Student
This picture is taken outside of a rural village called Umoja in Kenya. We walked for an hour in the late morning before the sun reached zenith. The only thing I saw was dry land and I was told that it hadn't been raining for months. We finally reached a place where we were greeted by a man and a group of women. It couldn't even be called a village because there were only a few huts built out of cow dung and hay. The man had agreed to host the meeting in the "village" he was in charge of. The women came from villages all around the area to learn about the effects of female circumcision. Each month some of the members from Umoja went around to educate women about the effects of these practices and how they need to be changed and the how to keep the traditional ceremonies even though the final stage (circumcision) could be taken away. All of the women then went back to their villages to educate everyone else in their community.
This is a perfect example on how powerful and innovative people could be within their own community. It's important to recognize the efforts that are happening worldwide and highlight the importance of working with local grass-roots initiatives when working for human rights. Let's celebrate the brave people around the world that risk their life for a better tomorrow for all!
International Politics Graduate Student
This photo was taken during my time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar. The photo is representative of women's empowerment in action during the celebration for International Women's Day. Organizing and planning a city wide celebration, the women of my town are captured in this photo as they're preparing to march in a parade to commemorate the day.
Class of 2014
On Saturday, January 29, a vehement, but peaceful crowd of demonstrators protested outside the Egyptian Embassy. The mass of people condemned the government’s oppressive acts against the Egyptian people, pressured President Mubarak to leave immediately, and attempted to convince President Obama to side with the people’s movement. Later, the crowd carried their message to the White House, where my photo was taken. In my photo, actions spoke louder than words when a man quietly sat down in the middle of the crowd, covered his mouth with a scarf, and held a sign saying “We will never be silenced” between Turkish and Egyptian flags.
Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs Graduate Student
This photo was taken in Old Segou, Mali in January 2009, while I was traveling during winter break from my studies at the University of Ghana. Though I was not working in human rights at that time, I was studying human rights issues, and taking photos that I now offer in exchange for donations to an anti-slavery organization in Washington, DC.