Amina Mohamed, founded Cameras For Girls to change the lives of girls and women in Uganda, through the power of photography.
We Work Together
Cameras For Girls was a dream in August of 2017, and in August of 2018, I made it a reality. Having immigrated to Canada from Uganda at the young age of three, I was grateful for the life afforded to me in this new country we called home.
Knowing that girls and women in developing countries are not always afforded the same rights and privileges, I set out to make a difference. After my first trip back to Uganda in 2007, I knew that I had to do something to change the lives of the girls and women I had met.
Would it surprise you to learn that:
Many young girls in 3rd world countries are married off just after getting their first period – sometimes as young as 10-12 years old;
They are in many cases uneducated, simply because education is not free and their parents will choose to educate the boys over the girls;
If they did get to go to school, they are most likely being sponsored by an NGO in that country, thereby breaking family bonds.
In many cases, they live in poverty and having children at a young age does not allow them the same rights to be educated when they are worried about how to feed themselves and their children.
Our first photography workshop took place in August 2018, our second in June 2019, and our third will be taking place in 2021. To date, we have taught photography to 32 girls and young women, and ten young women now have full-time jobs.
WHAT WE STAND FOR?
We seek to ALLEVIATE POVERTY for girls and women, endeavouring to be journalists in 3rd world countries.We empower females to TELL STORIES THAT MATTER TO THEM, using photography as the medium.We seek to level the playing field with GENDER EQUALITY in a mostly male-dominated field.
VISUAL STORYTELLING that allows for self-expression, self-empowerment, and self-reflection while working on their employment goals in the journalism field.
Our Students Tell About Their Experience
Brandy Valentine Azeirwe
“I am Brandy Valentine Azeirwe and I am a student in journalism in Uganda. This training has been so amazing because I have gotten to appreciate photography as a whole. In-depth from the aperture, the shutter speed and the ISO.
“My name is Joy Aliba, a Ugandan girl who loves photography, when I signed up for the photography training I knew very little about camera work, however with the help of Amina at Cameras for Girls Uganda my camera skills have improved.