Photo contest in Moldova explores perceptions of gender equality

“Equality through lenses – Women and men” photo exhibit, seen by over 15,000, aims to raise awareness of gender equality among the youth.

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Winning photo of the"Inspiring Women" award. Photo: UN Women/Andrei Mardari
Winning photo of the"Inspiring Women" award. Photo: UN Women/Andrei Mardari
A winning photo in the “Public Sympathy” category. Photo: UN Women/Elena Perevalova
A winning photo in the “Public Sympathy” category. Photo: UN Women/Elena Perevalova
A winning photo in the “Public Sympathy” category. Photo: UN Women/Andrei Ghilan
A winning photo in the “Public Sympathy” category. Photo: UN Women/Andrei Ghilan
A winning photo in the "Inspiring Men' category. Photo: UN Women/Olga Gnatcova
A winning photo in the "Inspiring Men' category. Photo: UN Women/Olga Gnatcova

Two women in a boxing match, a man playing with young children, and a woman in uniform in a line of male soldiers were some of the winning images from a national photo contest, organized by UN Women, on the perception of gender equality in Moldova. The winners were among 50 selected national photos from amateur and professional photographers whose pictures were displayed as part of a project, Equality through lenses – Women and men, seen through the lens of photographers: realities and inspirations.

The contest generated a wide range of pictures on gender issues. These were shown in more than 30 photo exhibitions across Moldova, attracting over 15,000 visitors during the past 10 months. More than 1,500 people took part in public debates that accompanied the displayed photos. Participants in the discussions also voted on the best pictures based on photographic techniques as well as the gender equality issues that were reflected in each image. More than 32 educational institutions from across the country took part in the photo project.

Offering photographers’ perceptions of gender, the exhibits had an impact on young people.

“We took a small first step in raising the issue of gender equality among young people in many places we’d not yet reached. Moldovan society is open to gender equality and actions like ours have an impact,” said Ms. Ulziisuren Jamsran, UN Women Country representative in Moldova.


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