Picture:Â A birdsâ€™ eye view of Mangalsen Bazar as seen from the Khula Manch. (Ramita)
â€œI want to be a journalist,â€ said Kamala, eyes shining, â€œI want to take pictures of all the bad things happening in our society, and also highlight the positive aspects, so that everyone knows of my villageâ€
It was the end of a two-day workshop on photography in Achham district, and the 18 girls assembled in the room were sharing their dreams and ambitions. When they first arrived at the workshop, most participants were unsure of what to expect, and quite hesitant to express themselves. After two days of learning the basics and going out in the field to shoot, the teenagers were raring to use the cameras and capture the best that came their way. At the end of the two days, they had even put up a mini photo exhibition, complete with captions and stories.
The workshop, titled â€˜Girls with Camerasâ€™ was held in four districts â€“ Saptari, Kapilvastu, Bajura and Achham â€“ to help 78 girls and young women pick up a skill, build confidence, and look at the world through their unique lens besides creating a happy change in the lives of girls and young women in Nepal. Cameras were then handed over to 10 child clubs in each of the districts, so that the girls will go on to spread their knowledge to friends, and also use their skills to document life as it happens.
By Richa Bhattarai
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