Friday Harbor, WA: On March 6, photographer and human rights activist Phil Borges will give a multimedia presentation and book signing at the San Juan Community Theatre.
IMA, the Islands Museum of Art is hosting Phil Borges’ lecture/ multimedia presentation, Stirring the Fire: a global movement to empower women and girls, as part of its Art as a Voice series at the San Juan Community Theatre.
Borges’ photography serves as a call to action and celebration of the women and girls—mostly in developing countries—who have broken through barriers of tradition and oppression to become catalysts for change in their communities. Their stories shed light on specific gender issues worldwide while revealing practical pathways for women and girls to achieve gender equality.
Empowering women has been found to be the most effective strategy for addressing poverty and building stability in the developing world. In July 2010, the UN showed its support of this concept by creating the first UN entity dedicated exclusively to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Phil Borges was selected to photograph and document the projects of UN Women Worldwide. This achievement only further legitimizes a growing conviction that the world’s women deserve the world’s attention, and investing in women is a key to solving some of the greatest global challenges we face.
For more information on the Stirring the Fire project go to www.stirringthefire.org