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Our visual storytelling on human rights abuses aims to change opinions. Visit our latest campaigns @whereloveisillegal @onedayinmyworld


"Despite the blatant homophobia and discrimination on the part of the Russian government, us, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, have no need to hide, have no need to be afraid, but on the contrary - we need to face the future, if so, it can't be anything other than bright and cheery. Everything is in our hands.” Grisha is a gay man and #LGBTQI+ activist in Russia. He lost his job as a teacher after being arrested for protesting an anti-homosexual law. Now he works as a #dragqueen in a gay club.
Grisha shared their story with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBT stories of survival. At the link in our profile you can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. Photo by @Hammond_Robin / @noorimages. This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal


“I am here because I was not going well mentally. Before I could not sleep, and sometimes I go out for a walk without any desire to return. Sometimes I spoke disorderly. But since I'm having the treatment, I’m fine… The center has helped me with treatments. When I had no medication, it really bothered me. But now that I take it, I feel myself changing. I could not even work before treatment. Now I work well without problem from morning until evening.” 29 year old Lamboni Laré is a mechanic who lives with a mental health condition and attends Centre de Santé Mentale, in Dapaong, northern Togo. -

81.2% of Togo’s rural population lives below the poverty line making it one of the world’s poorest countries. Poverty is often both a symptom and a cause of a mental health issues. To make matters worse, care is almost always substandard in regions struggling with poverty. In Togo, where resources are thin and conventional medicine and professional advice is difficult to access, many turn to traditional healers or religious leaders for cures. Around the world, an overwhelming majority of people with mental and psychosocial disabilities are living in poverty, poor physical health and are subject to human rights violations.
#inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. Photo by @hammond_robin for @witness_change. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @OneDayInMyWorld


Across the globe, women come together on #InternationalWomensDay to force the world to recognize inequalities – and celebrate the achievements of women who have overcome these barriers.
Transgender women around the world face violence, and are denied employment, housing, and healthcare all because of their gender identity. -
After three years of telling #LGBTQI+ stories of survival for the campaign #WhereLoveIsIllegal, and meeting trans people from around the world it is clear that the fight for equality has a long way to go. So on the 8th of March, we at @Witness_Change will be acknowledging transgender women’s part in this day of equality for all women.
Photos by @hammond_robin / @noorimages -
To see more stories of survival follow @Whereloveisillegal


Rehabilitation cannot take place behind the high walls of an institution. Only in liberty can one find true healing, peace and love. Explore the new story from #onedayinmyworld on the heroic efforts of one institution in Croatia trying to make the lives of people with mental health issues better. Read these stories by following @onedayinmyworld.
The Croatian government, in contradiction of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, is actively trying to thwart the heroic efforts of the institution and its remarkable director to free people with mental health conditions. Please share this story to let them know that locking away people for life because of they have an illness is inhumane and must stop.
Photo by @hammond_robin


“We were insulted, blackmailed, rejected, but we are strong, we have each other. What’s wrong with being in love. I love him and he loves me. I want to hold his hand in public or kiss him but that’s forbidden here, it’s a crime. We are happy together we want to spend our life together and we will do it despite of everything.” Walid & Abdessattar are a gay couple from Tunisia. Homosexuality is illegal in Tunisia so Walid & Abdessattar often have to keep their relationship hidden.
On this Valentine’s Day, we celebrate the resilience of love in the face of intolerance. Around the world #LGBTQI+ people are subjected to daily discrimination because of who they are or who they love. In 72 countries it can mean imprisonment or death. To read LGBTQI+ stories of survival follow @whereloveisillegal.
Read Walid & Abdessattar's story shared with the #WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBT stories of survival by following @whereloveisillegal. On the page you can also see how to share your own experience of #discrimination and #survival and how you can support. Photo This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal


“When my mum learned that I was an LGBTQI+ rights defender, she asked me about my sexuality/sexual orientation, then she wanted me to see a psychologist to help me adjust my weird behavior and heal me from abomination and mental disease.” Khoukha is a gender-queer person from Tunisia. Khoukha agreed to visit the psychologist, expecting to be met with support, but instead was met with judgement. “I don’t agree with my psychologist, everyone should have the right to experiment femininity and masculinity and every possible way of gender expression despite of the biological sex they were assigned to at birth. Gender is a social construct, individuals should have the right to build and express their gender identity the way they want.”
Read Khoukha's story shared with the @WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBT stories of survival. Photo by @Hammond_Robin / @noorimages. This image was made with film from @impossible_hq. This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal #impossibleproject


Photo by @hammond_robin / @Noorimages Zoran Stih and Ruzica Vidakovic met at a mental health institution in Osijek. They moved out in 2015 and are now married and living in an apartment in the town.

The institution in Osijek, eastern Croatia, was one of the oldest in the Balkans and is run by Ladislav Lamza, a former social worker who is taking on the government, the health minister, and his own staff to transform the lives of his “beneficiaries” – the patients of what was until recently an old-style asylum. In May 2015 Lamza ripped down the sign outside – replacing “Home for the Insane” with “Centre for People Like Us” and began moving people out.

Robin travelled to Croatia to meet former residents of the insitution with @opensocietyfoundations and their stories feature in The Guardian newspaper [copy and paste the link to read: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/19/croatia-mental-health-pioneering-centre]

The images are part of One Day In My World, our new campaign designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. To see more visit @onedayinmyworld

#mentalhealth #Croatia


“I dream of Syria of the bombings and missiles. Life in Lebanon is nicer because there are no bombings” says 10 year old Ayat Ramadan from Homs, Syria. She now lives in Beddawi Refugee Camp in northern Lebanon, and like many of the children newly arrived there, displays signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

#InMyWorld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. This first phase of the campaign was created in collaboration with @handicap_uk and @handicap_international as part of Witness Change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. Photo by @hammond_robin. To see more from this campaign please follow @OneDayInMyWorld.

#16days #girls #stopbombingcivilians #Syria


@onedayinmyworld and @Hammond_Robin are honoured to be the opening speaker at the Touching Minds, Raising Dignity conference organised by @HI_France and the French Development Agency - Agence Française de Développement.

Sharing the voices of people denied the right to speak is why we do our work so we're very grateful to be given the opportunity to talk to the audience from France, Togo, Lebanon and other countries where Handicap International works.

While we may take the stage to speak, it's more important to us that those present hear the stories of those living with mental health issues, so Robin starts his talk by introducing Hellen from South Sudan.

You can hear more from Hellen and others from the new campaign at our website www.onedayinmyworld.com

#WPPh2017 #mentalhealth #documentaryphotography#documentaryphoto #photojournalism #storytelling #portraits #Southsudan


1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health issue at some point in our lifetimes. We need the world to see that mental health isn't something to be quiet about. It's something that impacts everyone. // To find out more about the unheard stories of mental health from around the world, visit our website www.onedayinmyworld.com and share this post so people everywhere will see the human before they see a problem. // Images from Lebanon by @hammond_robin for @witness_change#mentalhealth #photography #storytelling #visualstorytelling #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #humanrights #publichealth #portraits #reportage #globalhealth #disability #photographyeveryday #reportage #dignity #bethechange #living #development #makingadifference #mentalhealthmatters #stopthestigma #breakthestigma #mentalhealthrecovery #possibilities #inmyworld #blackandwhite #WMHD17 #WMHD17 #WMHDay #noorcampaigns


Where The Love Is Illegal images at the 2017 @queerfestspb exposition.
It’s not often that the people whose stories we tell return to see their images in an exhibition so we were very happy to see subjects reunited at Queerfest 2017 in St Petersburg. - Pictures by @Hammond_Robin. To see more follow @love_is_illegal
#Queerfest #WLII #2017 #LGBTQI


Are you a human rights activist scouring instagram for standout stories? You could be what we need! We are seeking a passionate volunteer to run the Witness Change instagram account. You will have access to the amazing images of @hammond_robin and the campaigns of @love_is_illegal and @onedayinmyworld.

You'll have a global audience to share your passion for human rights so you'll need a great eye for detail so your posts don't go out with typos, and a super eye for images to curate and choose well to make maximum impact. If you think you're up to the task then get in touch - contact details and a volunteer form are on our website. We can't wait to hear from you. #BeTheChange #Volunteer #Instagram #humanrights #GetExperience #takeaction #JoinTheTeam #Activism


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