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The photo book “Gaza Girls: Growing up in the Gaza Strip” recounts the stories of young women coming of age in a difficult place.
The photo book “Gaza Girls: Growing up in the Gaza Strip” recounts the stories of young women coming of age in a difficult place.
The book is available to pre-order at the below link.
The photo book “Gaza Girls: Growing up in the Gaza Strip” recounts the stories of young women coming of age in a difficult place. The book is available to pre-order at the below link.
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STRETCH GOALS: Thank you all for supporting this project- we're so excited to bring this book to life. The book is still available for pre-sale throughout the duration of the campaign and any additional funds will go to increasing awareness of the book and putting together a traveling exhibition of this work. Thank you again, for your support. Best MJ 

“Gaza Girls: Growing Up in the Gaza Strip” is a photo book that tells the stories of young women coming of age in a difficult place. It is intended to highlight the challenges of daily life, as well as moments of joy found in a complicated existence. With your help FotoEvidence and I will publish this book, for release in early 2018

Beauty is important everywhere, A girl shows off her Palestinian themed nails.  Girls in Gaza are concerned with their appearance just like others around the world.
Beauty is important everywhere, A girl shows off her Palestinian themed nails. Girls in Gaza are concerned with their appearance just like others around the world.

Coming of Age

When you’re a young girl in Gaza, your existence is defined by its boundaries — literal and metaphorical, defined by both regional and cultural politics. Families are tight-knit and watchful over their daughters. Privacy and mobility are both scarce. Many women say that in a place as small as Gaza, it is impossible to be truly free. Yet, there are moments of joy found in laughs at school, shared secrets with friends and moments alone to dream. Like many peers around the world, these girls are figuring out who they are in a world built by grown-ups. Navigating girlhood is universal, even if the circumstances are not.

A Difficult Place

Gaza is a troubled land— a 45-square-mile district, isolated by towering concrete blast walls, reams of barbed wire and foreign soldiers who patrol its perimeters. After years of blockades and travel restrictions, the territory is shut off from the rest of the world. At night the never-ending buzz of drones lull you into a light sleep under their watchful din. If you stand on the beach you can see lights coming from Israel — a land that you will never be able to touch. Boundaries and surveillance define your existence and growing up there isn't easy.

 

Why Is This Important?

So often we see Gaza through a dimensional lens of violence and conflict. Stories about quieter moments like these are often overlooked, though they offer a powerful look into world unseen by many. This work amplifies the everyday moments of joy and hope. 

Hadeel Fawzy Abushar 25 records a song in a studio in Gaza City. Few female singers remain as families and local government look down on the practice. Hadeel started when she was 12, as all of her sisters are singers.
Hadeel Fawzy Abushar 25 records a song in a studio in Gaza City. Few female singers remain as families and local government look down on the practice. Hadeel started when she was 12, as all of her sisters are singers.

 

Mockup of the book published with FotoEvidence and distributed in 2018
Mockup of the book published with FotoEvidence and distributed in 2018

The Book

I first travelled to Gaza to cover an eight day war between Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas. That was five years ago, and I have returned again and again since then, driven to document the strength, creativity and vibrancy of Palestinian girls and young women. I am awed and haunted by their tremendous resilience, even in the face of unimaginable adversity. I also see so much similarity between these teenaged girls and the teenage girl I once was, despite our different circumstances.

The forward will be written by Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian American racial justice and civil rights activist, community organizer, and board member of the Women's March.

I am collaborating on the book with designer Bonnie Briant, who designed the FotoEvidence books, "Endurance" by Omar Havana and "Talibes Modern Day Slaves" by Mario Cruz, as well as "Diagram of the Heart" by Glenna Gordon, "What’s Going On? 1969-1974" by Ken Light, and "The Family Imprint" by Nancy Borowick.

This 120 page book due to be published in late 2017 and expected to ship early 2018. 

 

Press

Growing Up in the Gaza Strip was first published in the New York Times Sunday Review and subsequently run in 

Press for this book appears in

This work also received awards with

  • HM Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award
  • Prix Bayeux Calvados Young Reporter Nomination
  • Shortlist ANI Prix Palace award
  • 2013 Photocrati Grant
Original NYTimes spread published in 2014
Original NYTimes spread published in 2014

 

 More press at www.gazagirlsbook.com

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We know that not everyone can back this projects as much as they would like so we want everyone who donates to get something, so all backers over five dollars will receive a postcard from the project. 

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About the photographer

Monique Jaques is a photojournalist based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has spent the past six years focused on documenting issues in the Middle East as well as Afghanistan and India. She holds a BFA from New York University.

She was nominated for the Prix Bayeux- Calvados ‘Young Reporter’ award for 'Growing Up in the Gaza Strip' and was also placed on the ’30 Under 30 Female Photographers’ list from Photoboite. Her project ‘Growing Up on The Gaza Strip’ was first published in the New York Times. She was also shortlisted for the 2013 Photocrati Grant. In 2012 she was selected as one of the recipients of the PROOF Award for the Emerging Photojournalist for her work in Post-War Libya and featured in the Bursa Photography Festival. She was also featured in the Ian Parry Scholarship show in 2009 and received an Honorable Mention for the 2008 New York Photo Awards.

Her work has been published by The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, TIME Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Economist among others.

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