Eight female photographers show their first work in Sulaymaniyah

November 22, 2017 at 9:46 am

"Here through the lens of female photographers" exhibition in Sulaymaniyah (photograph: Metrography, 17 November 2017)

Hardi Abdullah

Eight female photographers showed their first work in an exhibition after they took part in a training course organised by Metrography Agency which aims to encourage these photographers to cover women issues that due to gender issues have not been covered by male photographers.

The exhibition ran from 17th to the 19th of November and the pictures showed issues that were not covered by the mainstream media.

Niga Salam one of the photographer showed plight of animals slaughtered during the Islamic Eid of Sacrifice but her implied message was that girls were being sacrificed too in this society. “Women issues have been forgotten in this society and women are victims too… our photos intent to show the victims in a different way and in a different light,” Niga said.

Niga took pictures of eight animals that were sacrificed during the Islamic Eid and then placed a picture of herself amongst the animals.

Six of the female photographers who took part in the exhibition with the head of Metrography Ahmad Najm (photograph: Metrography, 17 November 2017)

The work of other female photographers focused on gender issues and the crimes committed against women. Metrography Agency , the first Iraqi photography agency, trained these female photographers for several months and this was the first work of the photographers on display.

“We believe that this group of girls could become the real representative to show the issues that have not been covered in Iraq and the Kurdistan region due to gender imbalance,” Ahmad Najm the head of Metrography project which was supported by The Netherlands’s Free Press Unlimited which helps local journalists in war zones . “Their work as you can see addresses issues such as freedom of opinion, establishing peace and violence against women as well as success stories.”

The photographers say the existence of more female photographers are important if the women issues including violence against women are covered properly by Kurdish and Iraqi media outlets.

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