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50 disabled women activists from 41 countries. Powerful portraits and personal stories. World-renowned photographers.

PHOTOS BY BRIAN LANKER, DARCY KIEFEL AND PAOLA GIANTURCO

We have launched this campaign to fund an ambitious and entrepreneurial idea to revolutionize the status of women with disabilities worldwide. When we reach our goal, we will publish a professional, 124-page, full color, photographic book, featuring powerful portraits and personal stories of 50 disabled women activists from 41 countries. All alumni of MIUSA's Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), these women are confronting discrimination and working tirelessly to improve the lives of women and girls with disabilities across the globe. Your support comes with some great rewards including tickets to a photo exhibition, copies of the published book, and more!

“Over twenty years ago, I first saw Brian Lanker’s book, “I Dream a World,” featuring photographs and vignettes about African-American women who have changed the face of our nation. The book was deeply moving and left me with one overriding question: Why isn’t there a similar book and photo exhibition celebrating the lives of women with disabilities? Two decades later, this idea has been nourished and grown from a thought into an emerging reality.” - Susan Sygall, CEO of Mobility International USA

Women and girls with disabilities around the world are coming together to revolutionize their status in education, employment, HIV/AIDS and violence prevention, legal rights and political power. A growing number of disabled women worldwide are proud of who they are, passionate about their work and making their voices heard. Nonetheless, ineffective legal structures, negative social attitudes, discrimination and poverty are still pervasive barriers that prevent women with disabilities from fully participating in their communities, especially in developing countries.

The Brilliant & Resilient book will accompany the already completed photo exhibition, which includes 30 framed photos and vignettes. The photo exhibit and book will tour national and international galleries, U.S. embassies, USAID missions, the U.S. Congressional Rotunda and other diplomatic and cultural spaces. Exhibition events will bring together women leaders with and without disabilities, government officials, NGO development actors and other agents of social change. The timing of the exhibitions will coincide with events related to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, international women’s rights activities, and events promoting the inclusion of women with disabilities in international development policies and programs.

Mobility International USA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the IRS.

Be a part of an international effort to revolutionize the status of women with disabilities worldwide!

World Renowned Photographers

The photos in this exhibit were generously contributed by the following photographers:

Brian Lanker

A Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Brian Lanker received numerous international awards for his work for LIFE Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He was also a six-time winner of the National Press Photographers Association’s (NPPA) regional photographer of the year and named the NPPA national photographer of the year in 1971. Lanker was perhaps best known for his collaborative project with Maya Angelou in 1989, a book and exhibition of portraits entitled, "I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America." The debut exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. set attendance records for the 111 year old museum. Currently, "I Dream A World" is in its 14th printing.

Darcy Kiefel
As a photojournalist for over 20 years, Darcy Kiefel has worked with diverse humanitarian organizations contributing to positive world changes, including Heifer International, InterAction and Frank Foundation/Child Assistance International. Her work has been featured in several hundred national and international publications, including USA Today and Sports Illustrated, and has been exhibited at the United Nations - New York.

Paola Gianturco
Paola Gianturco has worked as a photojournalist for over 16 years, documenting women's lives in fifty-five countries. She has had five acclaimed photographic books published, which bring together inspiring stories and photographs that motivate her readers to engage with, learn from, and support women around the world. Her book Women Who Light the Dark (2007) showcases 23 women-led groups in 15 countries who are using creativity to tackle the intractable problems that darken women's lives. She has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR and Voice of America programs as well as many other TV and radio programs around the world. Her work has been exhibited by the United Nations - New York; UNESCO-Paris; the US Senate and several national museums.

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We need to raise enough money to publish the book in a way that celebrates the beautiful photography and powerful stories. We have the content ready to go, 50 photographs already taken, and 50 vignettes written. We also have a photography exhibit, printed, framed and ready to go, which will be on display at the book launch event. We do not expect any other hurdles, and really just need funding to get this project done.

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