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Women with Cameras

July 24, 2011 by  

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p>lee and francessWe are delighted to welcome back British photojournalist Lee Karen Stow. Lee visited us last year to tell us about the Women with Cameras project in Sierra Leone. She has more stories to share, about the brave and determined women who through photography are improving their lives in that desperately poor country. Francess Ngaboh-Smart, one of the Women with Cameras members, has overcome obstacles and barriers to become a sought-after professional who uses her photographic talent to document the changes in her country. We had hoped to host Francess this summer, but she was denied a visa to visit Canada. We will have some of her work for sale.

Lee will also tell us about the amazing members of the Sierra Leone Women’s Boxing team, who are, quite literally, fighting to improve their lives and bring home the first Olympic gold medal in women’s boxing.

Tickets are $20 at the door. Join us for tea/coffee and dessert. Proceeds will go to the Women with Cameras project.

Date: Wednesday August 24, 2011
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Place: Coquitlam Public Library, Poirier Branch

Women of Sierra Leone

July 25, 2010 by  

42 is the average life expectancy of a woman in Sierra Leone, one of the poorest nations on earth. ’42′ is the name British photojournalist Lee Karen Stow gives to an ongoing photographic project documenting the women of Sierra Leone and their struggles to obtain a better life. Violence against women is common. One woman in eight dies in pregnancy or childbirth. Yet these women demonstrate incredible spirit, resilience, determination and desire to be part of a world of equality and opportunity.

Lee Karen Stow

Please join Soroptimist International of the Tri Cities as we celebrate the spirit of these remarkable women. Watch the video “A Family and a Future” about Project SIerra, a joint project between Soroptimist International and Hope and Homes for Children. Listen as Lee Karen Stow tells us about the amazing women who are part of the Wilberforce Women photography project.

We will serve dessert. Tickets are $20 at the door. Please let us know you plan to attend by emailing sitricities@soroptimist.net or calling 604-351-5866.

The Gathering Place, Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam

Wednesday September 1, 7:30-9:30 pm

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