Honorable Mention

Silent Voices

  • Photographer
    Marinka Masséus
  • Company/Studio
    Marinka Masséus Photography
  • Date of Photograph
    March 9 2015

In the Netherlands, the Dutch old Masters and their paintings play an important role in our cultural history. Names like Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Mondriaan are ingrained in our collective minds at a very young age. They are part of our cultural identity and in order to create this series, I drew inspiration from them. In this photo series, I symbolically draw attention to gender inequality around the world. Nowadays, feminism is trivialized even by women. Especially by women. But gender inequality is still one of the most systemic inequalities in the world. That fact is independent of culture, race or religion. In fact in every culture, race or religion to date, it has been present. Whether it is the gender pay gap, inequality in job performance reviews, domestic violence, honor killings or the stoning of rape victims, there is still a lot of work to be done. Everywhere. Or in the words of former US president Jimmy Carter : "There is a pervasive denial of equal rights to women, more than half of all human beings, and this discrimination results in tangible harm to all of us. It is the worst and most unaddressed human rights violation on Earth. There are still a lot of silent voices. My wish is that they will all be heard.

Story

In the Netherlands, the Dutch old Masters and their paintings play an important role in our cultural history. Names like Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Mondriaan are ingrained in our collective minds at a very young age. They are part of our cultural identity and in order to create this series, I drew inspiration from them. In this photo series, I symbolically draw attention to gender inequality around the world. Nowadays, feminism is trivialized even by women. Especially by women. But gender inequality is still one of the most systemic inequalities in the world. That fact is independent of culture, race or religion. In fact in every culture, race or religion to date, it has been present. Whether it is the gender pay gap, inequality in job performance reviews, domestic violence, honor killings or the stoning of rape victims, there is still a lot of work to be done. Everywhere. Or in the words of former US president Jimmy Carter : "There is a pervasive denial of equal rights to women, more than half of all human beings, and this discrimination results in tangible harm to all of us. It is the worst and most unaddressed human rights violation on Earth. There are still a lot of silent voices. My wish is that they will all be heard.

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