On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2016, the European Parliament and #Dysturb have joined forces to raise awareness about women refugees who have been forced on a journey through Europe to escape their war-torn countries.



The origin of the collaboration between the European Parliament and #Dysturb dates back to the Visa pour l'Image photojournalism festival in September 2015. The European Parliament first decided to engage award winning photojournalist Marie Dorigny to create reportage on the subject of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU for International Women's Day 2016.


The collaboration with #Dysturb was the next logical step in the effort to show a larger European public the story of women refugees and asylum seekers during their journey across Europe, an angle that has been largely absent from media coverage of the refugee crisis so far. In 2015, women only represented 20 % of the refugees who came to Europe but are subject to more discrimination and violence.

Through this project, the European Parliament and #Dysturb show eleven photographs taken by talented European photojournalists, who have followed the plight of women refugees during their grueling journey across Europe. The large scale photographs are displayed in three European cities: Paris, Brussels and Barcelona.

The photos taken by Marie Dorigny for the European Parliament are also being exhibited in the Parlamentarium in Brussels until June 1st (www.europarl.europa.eu/visiting) and in various European Parliament information offices in EU member states.

By using the power of photojournalistic imagery, the European Parliament joins #Dysturb in its support of the photojournalist profession, which enables us to see the female face of today's unprecedented humanitarian crisis.



The participating photographers are Marie Dorigny, Yannis Behrakis, Sergey Ponomarev, Marko Djuric, Mads Nissen, Emin Ozmen, Olivier Jobard, Giulio Pisctelli and Olmo Calvo.


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