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Florida, a Hotspot for Child Marriage? - I came across this flash plea from the Human Rights Watch and felt compelled to post it along with one of my images.   Children can legally marry in Florida. There is, in fact, no minimum age for these marriages when the child marrying is pregnant or has a baby and a judge authorizes it. From ...
PROGRESS TOWARDS ENDING FGM IN SAMBURU, KENYA (Female Genital Mutilation) - I just returned from Kenya, Africa. While there, I visited several Maasai villages to photograph and interview the women.   One of the villages that I visited in Samburu has an active project to educate young girls in the health issues of the practice of female genital mutilation, which has been a cultural practice for many ...
WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN CUBA - I just returned from a photographic trip to Cuba. It is very evident that rebuilding of structures in Havana is taking place. I observed a great deal of reconstruction. Having said that, Havana has a long way to go to upgrade it’s infrastructure. Many decades have passed since the buildings have been attended to. I had ...
Intersectional Feminism and the Women’s March on Washington - The following blog has been written by Camille Kim, a contributor to Our Sister’s Keeper, and a student of social justice at George Washington University, in D.C.  The writing expresses her opinions and observations after participating in the Women’s March in D.C. As an introduction, I am providing a definition of Intersectional Feminism (Marie Plakos) “Intersectional ...
EARLY MARRIAGES IN THE UNITED STATES - In one of his first acts as President, Trump signed an executive order that will restrict women’s health and threaten their lives. As Trump continues his attack on our core rights values, we need your help now on another vital women’s rights issue. Did you know 14-year-olds can legally marry in New York State? And that from ...
The Story of Leo Thi Chai - Photographing in the northern part of Vietnam, Hanoi and San La regions, I was able to meet Vietnamese women, many belonging to the Black Thai and Hmong cultures.My impressions of the women were that they epitomize the meaning of strength and beauty.   Let me give an example. While in Son La I met a woman ...
A WOMAN OF STRENGTH AND BEAUTY - I have just returned from Vietnam traveling with the medical NGO, Mobility Outreach International. Their current mission in Vietnam is to treat patients with club foot/feet, many of which are children. In the past the organization was also involved in providing prosthetic devices for amputees. One of the visits we made on this trip was ...
SEXUALLY CHARGED WORDS DO MATTER - I have been working to bring awareness of abuses against women and girls to the forefront of discussion and action through my project Our Sister’s Keeper.  I was shocked to see a video tape of a current presidential candidate so blatantly verbally abusing women through the most sexist remarks. I asked a friend, Camille Kim, ...
MAKING A STATEMENT WITH MY TEXTILE ART - Art is a powerful way to communicate with an audience.  I have chosen an image from my photographic exhibit currently at the Carter Presidential Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, to make a statement about sex trafficking, through my textile art.  My artist friend Debra Calkins, has been addressing this issue through her art for some time.  She put ...
THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBIT AT THE CARTER CENTER – SEPT. 13, 2016 -   What an honor to have the inaugural exhibition of Our Sister’s Keeper take place at the Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. I felt proud and humble at the same time! I previewed the exhibit the day before the opening and was overwhelmed with emotion to see “my women” displayed so beautifully. ...