Eman Mohammed: Documenting Gaza

At 19, Eman Mohammed became the first female photojournalist living and working in Palestine and documenting the conflict in the Gaza strip in 2006. She was a woman doing a “man’s job” in a “man’s world,” and she was not welcome.

“My work as a woman photographer was considered a serious insult to the local traditions and created a lasting stigma for me and my family,” she said during a 2014 TED Talk. “The male-dominated field made my presence unwelcome by all possible means.

“They made clear that a woman must not do a man’s job.”

News agencies in Palestine refused to train Mohammed. She was driven to an open air strike zone by three of her male colleagues and left there. Her nose was broken when a nearby police compound was destroyed.

Yet, Mohammed survived and thrived, documenting the stories of Gaza’s women and their struggle to maintain their families, their hope and their lives. She will share their stories and her own with attendees of the 2016 Honors Institute, June 20-25 at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

Honors Institute features a stellar lineup of keynote speakers, all of whom will examine the Honors Study Topic, How the World Works: Global Perspectives, from their own individual views. The early registration deadline is May 13. Attendance is limited and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now.

The registration fee covers event tuition, lodging for a week and all meals except Thursday’s R&R Day. See the full schedule.

Mohammed will speak during the Second General Session on June 21. Her story and photos have expanded beyond Palestine to other countries in the Middle East as she continues to break ground for women, immigrants and refugees. She is currently based in Washington, D.C.

“As a Palestinian female photographer, the journey of struggle, survival and everyday life has inspired me to overcome the community taboo and see a different side of war and its aftermath,” she said. “I became a witness with a choice: to run away or stand still.”

Learn more about Eman Mohammed and see her work.

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