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Photojournalist leads anti GBV photo exhibition

Publishing Date : 05 December, 2016

Author : ANGELA MDLALANI

Photojournalist, Kefilwe Monosi has partnered with Kagisano Society Women's Shelter (KSWS) in a photo exhibition to raise awareness on gender based violence.

 

The campaign is targeting individuals from upper socio-economic class, who are often not reached by KSWS normal methods of engagement. “Photography has made waves of impact as a method of truth telling in difficult times, a way of exposing disturbing scenes to raise awareness on several issues around the world,” Monosi said.


According to her, the exhibition will be used to reach out to people in the upper socio economic class advocating for ending Gender Based Violence especially against women, who are mostly the affected group. “Through the exhibition, we hope we can provide survivors with information on services and organisations that, should they be in a position where they are abused and need help or someone to talk to, can help them,” she asserted.


The campaign will run throughout the 25th November to 10 December 2016. This is the period the 16 days of activism against Gender based Violence runs. This year marks the 25th year of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, initiated in 1991 and coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. The theme of the 16 Days Campaign is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All.”


This theme recognizes that structural discrimination and inequality is perpetuated in a cycle of violence that does not end even when girls and young women are in the act of gaining education. “Education is a public good and fundamental human right recognized in Article 26 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and upheld in various international and regional human rights conventions and treaties. We are providing an education too through this campaign. Photography proves that pictures can change the world because the key is not just in telling, but also in visuals,” she said.


According to her, images are much more than a simple record; “Photography speaks to the best and most generous parts of humanity.” The exhibition was launched in Gaborone at the main mall open space area in front of the National Development Bank, before proceeding to the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Coffee shop and then the national museum and Rail Park mall. Monosi’s primary interest as a photographer is capturing profound moments that represent the unbalanced world in which we live in. She is passionate about social issues that are often ignored and under- reported.

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