Women & Work
Photographic explorations by six young women and girls from Ho
14-28 September 2018
Exhibition Opening: 14 September 2018, 6pm
Venue: Alliance Française, Kumasi
The original exhibition can be visited also in Ho, Volta Region, at St. Cecilia School
The exhibition “Women & Work” showcases the work of six young women and girls aged 13 to 28 from Ho. They are exploring what the topic “Women & Work” means to them. They have found a new voice in photography to express themselves and their view of the world they live in.
The young photographers recognise the important contribution women make to national development through all types of work. While women in Ghana experience lower average earnings (particularly in the informal sector of which women make up the greatest proportion), a lack of access to education especially at the secondary and tertiary levels, high youth unemployment rates, and a lack of opportunity for career advancement in the formal sector, and often need to balance home responsibilities and income-earning activities, women demonstrate an incredible resilience to these conditions in order to provide for themselves and for their families.
The everyday working lives of women become unique stories thanks to the personal perspectives shared by these six photography students. We get to know their mothers who juggle the various chores to take care of their children; we discover a range of working and office spaces women find themselves in; we learn about market women’s choices of their livelihoods, and how they carry on family business for generations; we get a glimpse of the lives of women who do a so-called ‘man’s job’; and we learn about the daily hustle women go through both in rural or urban settings to make a living and support their families. The girls and the stories they share confirm our belief: when you empower a woman, you empower a nation.
Mavis Daisy Apawu (23) likes designing, taking selfies and cooking. She studied Industrial Design in Ho. She participates in the programme because she wants to learn how to capture good images and improve her knowledge about photography, to use it in the field of design and fashion.
Misper Apawu (23) studied Marketing at Ho Polytechnic. She likes sports: swimming, playing tennis and soccer. She would like to be able to stand out among her peers, and learn how to use photography to communicate to the world, to express herself through photography, and to promote sports.
Antoinette Dumegah (16) goes to Junior High School in Ho. She likes reading, writing, playing ampe, singing and dancing. She wants to know how to print the photos: “Photography can help me to remember my past. I want to tell a story through photography.”
Felicia Donkor (14) goes to Junior High School in Ho. She likes watching TV, and studying with friends. She wants to learn more about cameras and how to snap photos well to help people create memories.
Bernadette Young (28) studies Management and Secretaryship. She is a member of Rotaract Club and engages in community activities. She likes reading, cooking, hiking, watching movies, sports, and listening to music. She wants to learn how to use photography to give meaning to who she is, as well as to project women in all aspects of work.
Florence Ama Geyevu (28) is from Keta and now lives in Ho to study Computer Science. She likes singing, reading, cooking and sports. She enjoys learning photography. She wants to use photography to help girls who do not have easy access to such opportunities to develop their creative skills.
Lensational is a non-profit social enterprise, founded in 2013 in Hong Kong, with the mission of equipping women in the developing world with cameras and photography training. Since 2013, Lensational has trained 700 women in 20 countries in: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia. The Ghana programme was launched in October 2016, in collaboration with KickStart Ghana, a charity based in Ho that aims to improve the lives of the Ghanaian youth through education and sports. Lensational's Ghana workshops are led by photographer Francis Kokoroko.