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Open Call nonprofit 2020: selected NGOUNITED NATIONS OFFICE FOR THE COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS (OCHA)
One Day, I Will

“We must empower women at all levels, enabling their voices to be heard and giving them control over their own lives and over the future of our world.

– United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres​​​​​​​

One person in every 70 is caught up in a humanitarian crisis right now. These crises can be caused by conflict or natural disasters but around the world, more than 140 million people need humanitarian assistance just to survive. Among the most affected are women and girls.

In conflict settings, proliferation of arms, mass movements of populations and the collapse of the rule of law trigger patterns of sexual violence against women and girls that include rape, sexual slavery, trafficking, forced and early marriage, and intimate partner violence.

In situations of conflict and displacement, girls are often kept away from school for their safety. They are 2.5 times more likely to be out of school than boys. During droughts, girls are more likely to miss school, as they are needed to collect water and care for the family. It is estimated that at least 1 in 5 women refugees has experienced sexual violence. In crisis settings, pregnant women are particularly at risk because they cannot access critical health care.

This harsh reality for women and girls rarely makes headlines. And this exhibit documents what we hear about even less: the hopes and dreams of the girls who are trapped in crises.

All aged between 6 and 18 years old, the girls featured here have dressed up to show us who they want to be when they grow up, using costumes and props from their immediate surroundings. By tapping into each girl’s vision for the future, photographer Vincent Tremeau gives us a unique glimpse into their current circumstances and challenges.

Combining an artistic approach with a documentary purpose, the images highlight the crucial role of education for girls in humanitarian crises, for securing their safety and future opportunities. They are a testimony to the vulnerability, resilience and creativity of today’s youth and how they can shape the future.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) helps humanitarian organizations deliver assistance and advocates for people affected by conflict and natural disasters.

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Vincent Tremeau is a French photographer who was born in Montpellier and grew up in Perpignan, where he started to get interested in photography because of «Visa pour l’Image», the international Festival of photojournalism.

After studying law, he carried out several missions as a humanitarian worker in crisis-affected countries. In 2014, Tremeau pursued his commitment to be a freelance photographer and began documenting several humanitarian crises across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. He has worked with a range of United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations.

His project One Day, I Will has been featured in National Geographic, CNN, PBS, and exhibited around the world from New York to Tokyo, Berlin, Geneva, and Washington DC.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) helps humanitarian organizations deliver assistance and advocates for people affected by conflict and natural disasters.

unocha.org

Vincent Tremeau is a French photographer who was born in Montpellier and grew up in Perpignan, where he started to get interested in photography because of «Visa pour l’Image», the international Festival of photojournalism.

After studying law, he carried out several missions as a humanitarian worker in crisis-affected countries. In 2014, Tremeau pursued his commitment to be a freelance photographer and began documenting several humanitarian crises across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. He has worked with a range of United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations.

His project One Day, I Will has been featured in National Geographic, CNN, PBS, and exhibited around the world from New York to Tokyo, Berlin, Geneva, and Washington DC.

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