Global Activist Leslie Thomas is executive and creative of ART WORKS Project. This Friday, Leslie will host “Picturing Change,” a photo auction and dinner to celebrate the role of art and design in making a difference for human rights. Molly Roberts, senior picture editor of Smithsonian Magazine will curate the exhibit.The heme is “Uncommon Beauty.” Images will reflect the beauty found even in the most challenging situations and our common humanity and resiliency.
Picturing Change, Friday, November 1, 2013, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, 625 N. Kingsbury
(Photo courtesy of ART WORKS Project/Paula Bronstein)
Marcus Bleasdale, Kenya, 2013.
Children play in the forest by their farm during harvest season in Kenya. The rights of Kenyan children are being advocated for by the Kenyan Alliance for Advancement of Children.
Kate Brooks, Pakistan.
Two displaced children sleep under a mosquito net in makeshift accommodations along Malakand Road. Global efforts to protect the rights of displaced children by UNHCR and other groups have increasingly focused on education as well as food, shelter, and education.
Jean Chung, Goma, 2008.
Tuombe, 18, stands by a plastic sheeting at Keshero Hospital in Goma, North Kivu province, Thursday, March 6, 2008. Human Rights Watch and others are working actively to press for the protection of the rights of Congolese civilians, especially children, in eastern DRC.
Paula Bronstein, Tibet, 2011.
A Tibetan nomadic mother holds her baby outside their tent living on the high altitude mountainous terrain of Ladakh, India near the Chinese Tibetan border. UNFPA has recently piloted a maternal health program in Tibet to improve the lives of pregnant women and their children.
Jacquelyn Martin, Kabanga, Tanzania, 2012.
Lightness Philbert, who was abandoned at the center and does not know her age, holds an infant at the Kabanga Protectorate Center. People with albinism, a genetic condition characterized by a lack of pigment in the body, are at great risk in East Africa. Since 2006 more than 100 people with albinism have been physically attacked in the East African nation. Asante Mariamu is an organization dedicated to increasing awareness about the immediate and long-term mortal threats to people living with albinism in East Africa.
Matt Moyer, Cairo, Egypt, 1999.
A child’s feet are coated with a fine dust that covers the ground in and around Cairo’s pottery factories in Egypt. The International Labour Organisation, UNICEF, and locally based groups such as the Egyptian Coalition for the Rights of the Child are coordinating with other colleagues to end child labor in the region.
Amy Toensing, Bawaka Homeland, Northern Territory, Australia, 2009.
An Aboriginal girl cools off in a tidal pool while gathering food at low tide with her grandmother. Amnesty International Australia has been developing educational programs to provide opportunities to learn about Indigenous rights issues in Australia today.
James Whitlow Delano, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.
(Left) Morning sun illuminates an icy hotel window. (Right) Looking out over a forest of smokestacks from the same hotel window after the ice melted. Rapid industrial development across China has polluted watersheds, devastated ecosystems, and compromised human health in countless communities. A young environmental movement in the region is growing in scope, yet there is still an enormous need to establish trusted local organizations and stronger networks. Global Greengrants is committed to supporting the infrastructure of this crucial environmental movement, enabling groups to work with communities and the government to tackle what in many areas is becoming an environmental crisis.
Robin Hammond/Panos, Ghana, 2007.
A boy brings a Ghanian fishing boat to shore. Right to Be Free and other regional groups have been coordinating with the International Office on Migration and the government of Ghana to create long term, sustainable economic development that ensures that children are afforded an opportunity for education and play rather than work.