LONDON (Reuters) – In a filthy pit, straining his body as he hacks ash from the ground, the image of a man captured in a black and white photograph represents the working conditions of many labourers in coal-rich northeast India.
The picture is one of several being exhibited in London this month by photographer Srinivas Kuruganti, illustrating life in Jharkhand state, where underground fires sparked by coal mining have raged for nearly a century and displaced communities.
In an Istanbul conference room of sex workers and women’s rights experts, a black and white silent film sparks waves of laughter.
Instead of the likes of Charlie Chaplin, the film’s star running across the screen to upbeat music is a woman escaping police as they raid a bar for sex workers. After chasing her in circles, the police arrest her, only for her to return to the bar again anyway.
Worldwide, women battle patriarchal systems daily to own what is rightfully theirs, be it their right to land or household finances – as highlighted by delegates at the world’s largest global women’s rights conference in Istanbul this week.
Yet when it comes to women and girls who have suffered sexual violence, the property they often strive to reclaim is their own body.
People funding initiatives to tackle climate change effects would channel money towards the worst-affected people, right? And towards those who play key roles in mitigating the effects of climate change?
It certainly sounds logical. But in reality, many donors aiming to help communities to weather climate change often overlook the needs of women. So says Mariama Williams, a senior fellow at the Geneva-based South Centre, an intergovernmental think tank of developing countries.