WE NEED FEMALE CENTRIC PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE DEVELOPING WORLD AND WE NEED IT NOW.Photo by @leehannhidalgo Hong Kong.
The past year has seen women bring gender issues to the fore in the media and beyond, from the bustling city streets of the Women’s March in Washington DC, to the #metoo movement, and some punchy #feminist remarks at the Grammys.
In the course of a year, the general public has come to realise that what we see in the media isn’t always the sum of all #perspectives, but more often than not the product of a few, privileged voices.
As women’s #voices are being heard louder in the media, it’s important to ask the question: Have we advocated and given a platform to all #women?
This #photographer, Leeh Anh Hidalgo, is a domestic worker in Hong Kong. Despite accounting for 3% of the city’s population and playing an active role in the economy, domestic helpers like her, are still very isolated from other segments of society. Aside working long hours to earn a tiny salary, helpers often face unfair treatment, as well as abuse in the workplace, but don’t enjoy much legal protection or representation.
They are one of the largest, female groups of migrants in East Asia and the world. 320 000 domestic workers arrive every year from Indonesia and the Philippines to earn a living and support their families back home. However Domestic helpers aren’t citizens and cannot apply for permanent residency in Hong Kong, and thus, they have fewer means of representation in society. Life can also be lonely, when you don’t speak Cantonese Chinese, and live far away from your family. Unless we can hear the voices of people like lee Anh we can’t advocate for #allwomen.
Read our article on the need for female centric photography published this week by @One Young World Media. Link in bio.
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