Photographer Phil Borges has traveled to many developing nations to witness the efforts of CARE to assist women's rights and welfare. The result is his book Women Empowered, which includes photos of and captions about individual women who are prospering and in turn assisting their neighbors to fight poverty, disease, illiteracy, rape, genital mutilation, child trafficking, political repression, and environmental exploitation.
The beauty of this book is its direct appeal. Readers see and learn about strong women who have defied conventions to demand their rights in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, and even Montana. Several of the women have used microloans to start village industries that have allowed them to feed their families, secure homes, and send their children to school. Others have chased off illegal loggers, stopped slave traders, and joined village governments for the first time. You see photos of these women and then of young women and girls who are in line to benefit.
With the effects and ethics of foreign aid often in question, this is an important book for students and citizens who contemplate their charitable giving. It is a good addition to any library.
Borges, Phil. Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World. Rizzoli, 2007. ISBN 9780847829279