Each #warriorwednesdayI’ll highlight someone I admire in the arts/sciences, that is creating social change, leading by example, or impacting those around them for the better. This week’s warrior is: Cristina Mittermeier. She is a contributing photographer, speaker, and explorer for National Geographic and the founder and President of @sea_legacy, a non profit organization working to protect the oceans. These are some of her photos for the 2017 @unitednations #internationaldayofthegirlchild. Go check out her page for more examples of her wonderful work!
I found these lovely girls - from the Vezo tribe, a semi-nomadic coastal people - on a beach in Western Madagascar. They are capable and sassy, having fun with their daily chores. I was intrigued, such big responsibility for girls their age to bring home dinner for their family. They were working, yes, but also having fun with me and my camera as I chased them around the shallow waters. I don’t tell the people I photograph how to pose, or where to stand. I let them lead me into who they really are.
It was sad to know that their catches have been dwindling while at the same time, on the horizon behind them, I could see large industrial fishing boats scooping up the big fish.
Oct 11th is declared International Day of the Girl Child by the @unitednations. The UN says “The world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception. This year’s International Day of the Girl marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises.” I couldn’t agree more, and this planet is in crisis. If we are going to make positive change in the world, we must empower the entire population.
#TurningTheTide, with @sea_legacy | #internationaldayofthegirlchild| #girlsmatter | #dreambigprincess| #empowergirls| #idg| #girlheros| #girlup| @girlupcampaign