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.


sexual violence, port-au-prince

Jon Lowenstein

Sexual violence in Haiti is a true problem. Women are consistently made victims of…

planned parenthood

Nina Berman

Though abortion was officially legalized thirty years ago, women in the USA are finding…

the hill that women built

Andrea Bruce

On a hill overlooking Kabul, with little access to electricity, women have made their…


Pep Bonet

This page is an overall summary of the extensive long term project completed by…

sexual violence in guatemala

Andrea Bruce

Guatemala ranks among the highest rates of violence and insecurity in the world through…

under the taliban

Nina Berman

Just before the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and the Taliban was still its official government,…

quiet survivors – fistula in afghanistan

Andrea Bruce

Kabul, Afghanistan – Exhausted and worn as if ending months of weary travel, seven…

arpaio’s chain

Jon Lowenstein

In 1993 Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio set up a "Tent City" as an…

an olympic dream, ended

Andrea Bruce

Afghan boxer Sadaf Rahimi was offered "wild-card invitation" for the 2012 Olympics Games in…

pussy riot – life after prison

Yuri Kozyrev

Nazdezhda Toloknnikova and Maria Alekhina were imprisoned for 21 months for crimes of hooliganism…