Visual Project Manager: Concept of the exhibition, creation of the communication tools, setting up of the exhibition in each location. Photo of the exhibitions and workshops.
Radiant Women is a photographic journey presented by Planete Enfants and the photographer Natalie de Oliveira. The exhibition aims at raising awareness on exploitation and human trafficking in Nepal. It displays emblematic cases of women who once faced trafficking and exploitation, it highlights how it affected their lives and their families and it shares stories of activists combating trafficking. This body of work attempts to illustrate the reality of this disturbing phenomenon. It showcases defenders and local organizations protecting human trafficking survivors and advocates for changes in the Nepalese society. These portraits and testimonies also reflect the duty to acknowledge and remember the sufferings of women who managed to survive terrible ordeals and take control of their lives.
This exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the French NGO Planète Enfants, its local partners and Natalie de Oliveira who began documenting cases of human trafficking and exploitation in Nepal in 2011. Over the years, she noted significant changes on the women she has been photographing; from shy and reserved they became confident and radiant. The metamorphosis is mainly due to the different steps of empowerment programs designed by Planète Enfants and its partners – Shakti Samuha, SAATHI and Cap Nepal – to support survivors. It starts with alphabetization groups -in a country where most women are denied education- and it continues through different income generating projects to help them gain autonomy, and women protection committees to support them lodging a complaint or obtaining a divorce in case of domestic violence.
In today’s Nepal, women and girls are still vulnerable and discriminated, especially in rural areas or within the family circle. However, rehabilitation and empowerment programs largely contribute to (re)compose the image of survivors, and support them finding their new place in the evolving society: confident and outgoing, unrestrained and radiant.
About the photographer
Human rights specialist for more than 15 years, Natalie de Oliveira uses arts, media and new technologies to explore new avenues to advocate for human rights, and captivate a large audience. Photography is one of them.https://nataliedo.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/the-worth-of-women-the-anti- trafficking-project-
About Planète Enfants
Planète Enfants is a French non-governmental organization founded 23 years ago and established in Nepal in 1997. Its primary mission is to protect children and women against trafficking, exploitation and violence through comprehensive and holistic support (education, information, income generating activities, support to survivors to access justice, etc.)