When I was asked to go to London to photograph the ‘Join Me On The Bridge Event’ for Women for Women International marking their 100th anniversary, I jumped at the chance.
Women for Women International has a vision of a world where no one is abused, in poverty, illiterate or marginalized; where members of communities have full and equal participation in the processes that ensure their health, well-being and economic independence; and where everyone has the freedom to define the scope of their life, their future and strive to achieve their full potential.
In the UK, more than 400 events were held including the mass march across the Millennium Bridge, in London, led by the musician Annie Lennox, social activist Bianca Jagger, Helen Pankhurst and actor Cherie Lunghi. The event was marked by the release of hundreds of white ballons from the Millenium Bridge to highlight the plight of women in Afghanistan.
I was inspired and moved by the speeches at the Royal Assembly Hall and my heart went out to the 100 women who stood on a bridge for 15 minutes in Kabul in a couragous display of defiance and solidarity. Shortly after they left the bridge two bombs exploded close by.