Happy Earth Day! Today is the last day to purchase a signed print of my Australian moonrise image during @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale. Click on the link in my profile to see the full collection of prints available for $100.
The moon sets behind desert oak trees growing in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia. This image was published as part of the “First Australians” story featured in the June 2013 National Geographic magazine.
Purchase signed prints of this image for $100 from April 17th - April 22nd in honor of Earth Day. Click on the link in my profile to see all the signed prints featured in @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale. #earthday #conservation #australia #nationalparks #landscape
The Penitent Thief takes a rest after performing the Via Crucis / Stations of the Cross on Good Friday in Santa Maria in Juarez, Mexico. We’ve brought National Geographic’s PhotoCamp to Juárez, México this week to teach local youth photography and give them an opportunity and outlet to tell their own stories. Follow the students work on @ngphotocamp and through #photocampjuarez where we’ll be sharing the students’ photos, as well as some behind the scenes moments. So excited to be working with @dominicbracco@meghandhaliwal@saramancophoto@tyronefoto@mictlanita
STRONG WOMEN :: For the next 3 weeks @whitneycatherinejohnson and I will be curating an assignment for the @natgeoyourshot on Strong Women in honor of the story we just produced on widowhood in the February 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. For more information go to the link on my IG Profile. Please share and submit!! UGANDA: This is Betty Nanozi who has been fighting for her land for over a decade simply because her husband died. Many widows in Uganda are marginalized and threatened. They can be forced out of their homes, robbed of everything they own, made to marry a brother-in-law, physically attacked or harmed—even their children can be taken away from them. A grant from the @pulitzercenter helped fund this project. Visit @ijm / International Justice Misison to Learn more about the issue of widows in Uganda and how you can help.
Uganda - Christine Namatovu and her son Andrew in the house her in-laws tried to sieze after her husband died. The relatives also tried to take Andrew and her two other children from her. Namatovu, with the help of lawyers from @ijm (International Justice Mission) fought back in court and won. Pushing widows off their property is common in this region. Organizations like IJM are helping women to work with existing laws that protect them. Learn more about widowhood in India, Uganda and Bosnia in the current, February 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (@pulitzercenter) helped support the reporting for this story. @thephotosociety@natgeocreative
West Bengal, India: This is Dhakti Dashi, a Bangladeshi widow who has lived in the back of an ashram for over a quarter century. Widowhood in some parts of the world marks a “social death” and a woman is expected to live in mourning for the remainder of her life - but these expectations are fading and laws are starting to be enforced to protect and empower women. Learn more about the issues surrounding widows in India, Uganda and Bosnia in the February edition of @natgeo magazine. The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (@pulitzercenter) helped support the reporting for this story. @thephotosociety@natgeocreative@cyngorney
Mukono District, Uganda:: this is Betty Nanozi with her kids and grandchildren. Betty has been fighting for her land for over a decade simply because her husband died. Many widows in Uganda are marginalized and threatened. They can be forced out of their homes, robbed of everything they own, made to marry a brother-in-law, physically attacked or harmed—even their children can be taken away from them. Learn about Betty’s story and the issues around widowhood in Uganda in a 10 minute doc video I worked on with @kl_carlson (follow the link on my IG profile to see the video). A grant from the @pulitzercenter helped fund this video. Visit @ijm / International Justice Misison to Learn more about the issue of widows in Uganda and how you can help. Check out the Feb 2017 issue of @natgeo to learn more about widowhood in India, Uganda and Bosnia in a story I collaborated on with writer @cyngorney and edited by @whitneycatherinejohnson.
February, 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine - Thinking about all the amazing women I met while working on this story about widowhood with the incredibly sensitive, insightful and diligent writer @cyngorney - more news about this story to come. #womensrightsarehumanrights
This post is in honor of all the brave and beautiful refugee children I have met and worked with both abroad and at home. I am committed to work against the voices of hate and intolerance - I won’t forget you.
This is Anwar Al Sayed, a Syrian refugee who escaped to Jordan “I never thought that I would live in a tent, but that’s alright. I never thought that I would not hear my English teacher again, who I love so much in Syria, but that’s alright. I never thought I would not breathe the smells of Syrian fields in summer night, but that’s alright. But to whom it may concern, please…stop war and let me go back to my past life.”
Magical Maine woods where my dear, beautiful friend @oryxworx had her wedding yesterday. Congratulations Toni - Love you to the moon!!
The fabulous @maggiesteber blends into an exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA at the opening of the @natgeo Women of Vision exhibit. This is our final stop of a wonderful 3 year exhibit ride - It's been fun ladies!
Evening on the East Branch Delaware River in the Catskills with @mattmoyerphoto
Hey everyone - please join me on a live chat Monday Aug 15, from 10 - 10:30a (ET) on the National Geographic Your Shot discussion board for an assignment my husband @mattmoyerphoto and I are curating called “Your World in Motion” - click the link in my profile to get there.
From the Archives 2008 — Girls dance at a Beduin wedding in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt.
Busy intersection in Mukono district, Uganda. #chameleon
Nabbale, Uganda - Bras for sale
INTERNATIONAL WIDOWS DAY June 23 -- Photo by @amytoensing, words by Cynthia Gorney reporting from Uganda -- Solome Sekimuli’s husband died this month, of diabetes, in the Ugandan town of Luweero, where the couple had lived together for almost 25 years. This house, and the modest crop-growing lands around it, were all they and their six children possessed. The assault inflicted on Solome—it came while she was burying her husband, grieving beside his fresh grave and mourning him in the Luganda language—is in Uganda called “property grabbing”: a gang of men from his family stormed the house, claimed it as their own, threw all Solome’s clothing onto the ceremonial fire outside, and demanded that as the widow she relinquish the property to them, her husband’s brothers. Where was she to go? They didn’t care. Back to her own parents, they said; no woman should be entitle to such an inheritance, it was THEY who would profit from the bananas, the jackfruit, the coffee, the land itself. This form of abuse, the seizing of newly-widowed women’s property, is well-known in Uganda. The country’s own modern constitution prohibits it, though, and new campaigns to fight back—to prosecute property-grabbers in court—are among other international efforts to identify and counter special cruelties inflicted against widows. National Geographic, with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting @pulitzercenter, is examining such widows’ communities in three continents. Just before International Widows Day, June 23, we joined Solome at the house she insists she will reclaim permanently with the help of Ugandan lawyers and police. “I’m brave, strong, and firm,” she said. “I will win this.” To learn more about widows and property grabbing in Uganda, visit International Justice Mission @ijm
Uganda - members of the Noah's Ark Children's Band take a break after marching through the streets of Mukono town to raise awareness about the vulnerability of widows on International Widows Day (June 23). The parade included district judiciary officials, police officers, widows and staff of International Justice Mission (@ijm) - an organization working in Uganda to help fight for widow's legal right to keep their land. #internationalwidowsday
Mukono district, Uganda.
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