The Women, Peace and Security 2020 Conference will be hosted March 5th by the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs at the Elliott School. The conference will celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage in the United States, the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, and the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.
As part of the student-led conference, we want to create a photography exhibition of GW students sharing messages about gender equality and what it means to them. Students are asked a prompt question - such as "Why do we need global gender equality?", or "What is your message of solidarity to women worldwide?" - and they choose a brief message to have written on their skin in response. They are then invited to have a photo taken to share their message.
The photographs will be taken in a series of sessions in February, and will be exhibited on the evening of the conference. The photographs will also be displayed on Facebook and Instagram, allowing students to share their images with friends, and spread their messages of solidarity, hope, and activism beyond the GW community.
We are looking for creative and highly skilled student photographers to bring this concept to life.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR: A photographer who can bring their time and skills to this campaign. We want to host six two-hour photography sessions in the week 10 - 16 February, at locations around campus and in the city. After photographs are taken, we will need them to be uploaded and shared with us promptly for printing and social media use.
Ideally we are looking for one photographer to do all six sessions, but we recognize this may not be possible given class and work schedules. We will therefore also consider applications from photographers available for three sessions, and may ask two photographers to take part and do three sessions each. Please indicate your availability in the form below.
WHAT YOU WOULD GET IN RETURN: $50 per two-hour session, plus every photo you take will be credited to you both online and next to the print copies that are displayed in the exhibition. In similar projects at other universities, these photographs have reached thousands of people through social media.
If you are interested, please fill in the form by Wednesday 29 January.
We can't wait to hear from you,
The Women, Peace and Security 2020 Conference Committee