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Akhi

Women Empowered has been my primary focus project for sometime now.  I am currently expanding the exhibition to include multimedia profiles of a number of the women.  The first that I have completed is the story of Akhi, who at the age of 13, was sold as a sex worker.  She has since accomplished the near-impossible task of gaining support from religious, political and social groups to create an organization to finally give sex workers’ basic human rights.

6 Responses to “Akhi — Tangail, Bangladesh”

  1. Stan Lipsitz

    Thank you so much for updating us on your work. Unfortunately, the work of social documentary photography has grown increasingly small these days and yet it’s importance to the world around us continues. I admire your drive, your moving photographs, your desire to tell stories that are not often heard, and appreciate the technical information about how you work in the field, which must be a challenge. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    • Phil Borges

      Stan, I sincerely appreciate your comment. Your kind words are rewarding and give me inspiration to continue. Thank you for following!

      Phil

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  2. Audrey Stein

    Dear Phil,
    I have such enormous respect for you and your dedication to making remarkable women in developing countries visible to the rest of the world. Your book, “Women Empowered”, is a very favorite of mine that I have shared with many friends … and your new “blog” with videos is a quantum leap forward in giving these women a global voice. Congratulations on bringing these remarkable heroes and their stories to the world.
    With great admiration,
    Audrey Stein

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    • Phil Borges

      Thank you so much Audrey for your wonderful and kind words. As you know I am a greatly admire your work as well. Hopefully our paths will cross again soon and please give my best to Bob.

      Phil

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  3. Nancy Rumbel

    Hi Phil,
    Maybe you can list the address or way for people who would like to get in touch with this organization. I’m so glad that you are doing this!!
    Nancy

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    • Phil Borges

      Hi Nancy,
      Even though Akhi’s organization, Nani Mukti Sangha, has done such amazing work, her funding was cut off in 2005 because of a provision on the PEPFAR funding to fight HIV/AIDS that restricted funding to projects that did not promote abstinence. I actually went to Capitol Hill with the organization CARE to protest that provision and tell the story of Akhi. I have not heard that her funding has been restored.
      Phil

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