Our friend Meredith Hutchison conceived and carried out a photography-based project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The objective, in her words, was to "use photography to show positive images of women and girls...in a way that gave the girls...control." The girls and young women shared their aspirations with Meredith, who helped them put themselves and their dreams into photos. The project is called Vision not Victim.
This video gives a much better explanation, and shows some wonderful images. It's well worth watching. The project was supported by the International Rescue Committee. I've heard but can't confirm that the photos will be on public exhibit soon in Washington, DC. I'll update this post when I find out.
This is a great reminder of how powerful and constructive photography can be. Thank you, Meredith, and congratulations.