Founded in 2015 as a volunteer-driven non-profit association, femLENS works as a capacity builder delivering free workshops to teach women and girls from economically and culturally diverse backgrounds documentary photography techniques to tell stories visually by using easily available tools such as mobile phone cameras.

Using a variety of innovative, person-centred methodologies, each of their workshops aim to help communities find their voice, to share the lived experience of women from different social backgrounds and walks of life.

Today’s cultural and media representation of women is not inclusive and diverse. Men and women are often portrayed in stereotypical ways, and traditional roles in society are emphasised. This misrepresentation and the message behind needs to change, so that a political, economic, and social equality of the sexes is possible.

During the femLENS workshops women and girls not only use reflective photography to create a visual project, but also work on the narrative side of each story.

Making their workshops participant-driven and giving the tools to express themselves helps to enhance participant empowerment and encourages creativity by providing the opportunity to introduce topics and ideas that are meaningful to participants.

Since 2015, femLENS has trained over 100 women from 14 countries, organised nine photo exhibitions in six countries, published six issues of their annual “We See” magazine, published five zines and one book. femLENS also runs annual campaigns combining topics on women’s rights and photography, and has a community of over 8000 photographers around the world.

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