Who benefits?

»» The formerly trafficked women who participate

Voice of Freedom offers the women a therapeutic experience in which they find emotional catharsis through exploring, speaking about and creating work that represents their histories.

It facilitates integration of women of different nationalities, allowing them to become close, and to support each other, through understanding the similarities in their experiences.

Self-portrait / Photo © Zenebech Zeleke
Self-portrait ~ Zenebech Zeleke

The work produced by the women conveys their humanity to a wide audience, making their voices heard, and revoking their status of invisibility. It is healing for those who have experienced trauma to help prevent others from suffering.

‘Here in the photography you can say what you feel,  express whatever you want – it’s not good or bad. it’s your choice to take a picture, it’s your choice to say, and it’s your feelings to express.’ – Nili Cupi

»» The policy and campaigning work of our partners, such as Anti-Slavery International, as they fight modern-day slavery

The work produced through the project makes the emotional impact of modern-day slavery real and immediate by depicting it in the words and images of those who have lived it. The photographs and accompanying texts produced by the women are an accessible resource that appeals to the humanity and emotional experience of a diverse audience, and inspires them to contribute to the fight against modern-day slavery.

Voice of Freedom is set to reach a wide audience. Exhibitions will reach a significant section of the public directly and through the media channels and a book of the work will serve as a permanent educational tool.

We seek to engage the press to feature the women’s work in stand-alone features or as part of articles about the project itself. Eventually, we hope to see such projects reach the women’s country of origin to serve as an educational resource for vulnerable women before they fall prey to traffickers.

 

Photo © Zenebech Zeleke, 2013. /Voice of Freedom/PhotoVoice