In honor of International Women’s Day, we went back through the archives and chose a few of our favorite images of female subjects. Clockwise from top:
RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN - 2007: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto addresses thousands of supporters at a campaign rally minutes before she was assassinated. (Photo by John Moore, Benazir Bhutto)
MALI - 2009: A midwife at work in the Kidal region of northern Mali. Around fifty midwives, trained by Medicins du Monde, have been traveling the desert since 2005 assisting nomadic women with childbirth. Their efforts have helped to reduce one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. (Photo by Veronque de Viguerie, Desert Midwives)
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN - 2007: Policewomen from a special unit led by Officer Malalai Kakar. Kakar, 41, set up the policewomen department in Kandahar, the home of the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. She was later killed by insurgents in September 2008 because of her role in the department. (Photo by Veronique de Viguerie, Afghanistan Policewomen)
TRIPOLI -2011: Salma Taghdi, Aseel Tajuri, and Maysam Shebani, all 22, started a weekly newspaper in Libya in order to get news of the revolution and safety info to local citizens. “People were scared for women to go out and fight…so we decided to do something different.”(Photo by Sarah Elliott, Her Voice Counts)
EL ALTO, BOLIVIA – 2010: Yolanda la Amorosa dives onto her male counterpart during a ‘Titans of the Ring’ wrestling group performance. The wrestling group includes the fighting Cholitas, a group of indigenous female Lucha Libra wrestlers. (Photo by Lisa Wiltse, Cholita Wrestlers)
COLOMBIA - 2007: Judith and Isa, two female FARC guerrillas from the Bloque Movil Arturo Ruiz. The Bloque Movil Arturo Ruiz are a special unit of FARC (the revolutionary armed forces of Colombia) who fight as a quick reaction force. (Photo by Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, Colombian Civil War)
SIHEUNG-RI, SOUTH KOREA - 2009: Oh Myeong Sook, 64, searches for abalone and conch. The work of a haenyeo (Sea Woman) is hard manual labor, they often work up to eight hours at sea without much of a break. (Photo by David Hogsholt, Haenyeo)
Photographer Stephen Ferry has spent ten years documenting the ongoing internal armed conflict in Colombia. In his recently-published book, Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict, Ferry presents a comprehensive look at this incredibly complicated and brutal conflict with the use of his own photographs, historical imagery and text.
Ferry sat down with LightBox to narrate a video tour of the new book.
Read the story and watch the video here.
A riot police officer, with a helmet stained by thrown paint, watches a march of teachers and students protesting a wide range of issues regarding the government’s educational policies in Bogota, Colombia, Sept. 5.
[Credit : William Fernando Martinez / AP]