the life of women


Women are more involved than ever in both defining and representing their communities. From Bangladesh to Brazil, social progress and economic imperative mean that many women today now have the dual responsibility of raising a family and earning the majority income. For some, these changes have given rise to fantastic opportunity; for others, they have provoked backlash and resentment.

NOOR photographers have worked extensively to document stories about women. The following features cover many different aspects of women’s lives around the world, including achievements and positive progress and continuing hardship and struggle.

We invite you to look at this work in commemoration of International Women’s Day on March 8th 2016.


the new cocoa women

Francesco Zizola

The New Cocoa Women is the name of a project sponsored by Luigi Zaini…

fighting to work: gender discrimination in india

Andrea Bruce

An argument split this impoverished corner of the village of Peepli Khera, prompting an…

romania’s disappearing girls

Andrea Bruce

Fueled by poverty and corruption, exacerbated by religious dogma, Romania is loosing a generation…

the life they left

Andrea Bruce

Nebaj, the Guatemalan municipality that includes the village of El Paraiso, sits in a…

za’atari: new lives

Alixandra Fazzina

Unsure of when they will be able to return as the conflict continues, the…

women and the revolution

Andrea Bruce

During the Egyptian revolution last year, women were surprised that, in general, their involvement…

the power of women

Andrea Bruce

Brazil is catching up to Europe and the United States as one of the…

maternal mortality

Alixandra Fazzina

Afghanistan is the worst place in the world for a woman to give birth.…

unspoken war

Andrea Bruce

In an unseen world, buried behind headlines of war, Afghan women are fighting a…

working for a family far away

Kadir van Lohuizen

Since the late 1990s Chile has been a popular destination for Peruvian guest workers.…

giving birth, giving death

Benedicte Kurzen

This is the short story of three women : Sylvia, Promise and Sipathi. It…

suffering in silence: obstetric fistula in asia

Pep Bonet

Obstetric fistula is a devastating medical condition resulting from complicated childbirths. In most cases…