HER STORY Photo Exhibition, with light refreshments and Plan representatives on hand.
Bunclody Library, Co. Wexford I March 31st I 7pm.
Everyone and anyone interested in Plan, photography, Because I am a Girl or otherwise.
HER STORY is a photography project aimed to raise awareness of Plan’s work around the world, in particular West Africa.
It highlights the lives of 19 girls aged 0 to 18 in Ireland and Sierra Leone, aiming to demonstrate the similarities and differences between children, in particular girls, in the developing world and here in Ireland. The HER STORY project sets out to increase the awareness of Plan’s work with girls in the developing world and especially the Because I am a Girl campaign.
The photo exhibition will show the lives of 19 girls from birth to 18 from Ireland and Sierra Leone. An interview was carried out with each participant or if they are too young, with their mother or family member telling their story that accompanies the photographs. In Ireland the girls participating come from all walks of life and in Sierra Leone girls from Plan supported communities participated.
HER STORY is a symbol of solidarity between girls in Ireland and in the developing world.
Why Her Story?
Often, women worldwide have more challenges to overcome. In 2012, 70% of the one billion people living in extreme poverty across the world were women and girls. One quarter of girls in developing countries are not in school. One girl in seven marries before she is 15 years old. The time has come for this to change and Plan is committed to working for girls’ rights and gender equality in the developing world and here in Ireland.
Plan has been working in Sierra Leone since 1976, helping children access their rights to education, health, livelihood, sanitation and protection.
At the height of its operations it had offices in three the 12 districts of the country. Plan had to scale down its activity considerably due to the civil conflict that started in 1991. When the war ended in 2001, Plan Sierra Leone returned to the progressively pacified districts in the interior, and currently has four programme units in Bombali, Kailahun, Moyamba, Port Loko, where the core areas of activity are education, health and economic security.
The programmes benefit 7,000 children in 1,126 communities across the country. Key goals of Plan’s strategy in Sierra Leone include; education, maternal and child health, youth employment, community empowerment, child protection, disaster and risk reductions.
Ranging in age from a few months old to 17, participants were selected from diverse communities in both countries to show girls in their natural environments – at school, at play, in the heart of the city and in rural farmyard settings. The familiarity of Irish scenes provides a fascinating contrast to the images from girls in Sierra Leone which allows us to seek out the similarities and examine the differences of girls in both countries.