Powerful images of women in poorest places
THEY are powerful images of impoverished women in the world's poorest places, seen through the eyes of Ireland's top female photographers.
And yesterday, actress Amy Huberman described the images as humbling and inspiring.
She was speaking after Concern launched an exhibition of photographs that show how the Irish charity supports development projects for women in the third world.
Shot in Ethiopia, Haiti and Bangladesh, the images in the 'Women of Concern' exhibition illustrate stories of hope, determination and survival.
Ms Huberman is one of Women of Concern's goodwill ambassadors who attended the launch. "These photographs are humbling and truly inspiring and remind us how lucky we are in our lives," she said.
Photographer Marie McCallan travelled to Bangladesh.
"I met dignified, gentle, generous and graceful women with harrowing stories," she said.
Dubliner Kim Haughton travelled to South Wollo in the northern highlands of Ethiopia in January and spent a week with Concern's partner, the Women Support Association.
Ms Haughton said: "The strength and dignity of the women I met is testimony to the power of the human spirit."
Brenda Fitzsimons was planning to visit Haiti before the devastating earthquake to see Concern projects and ended up documenting the aftermath.
She said: "What astonished me was that despite the horror, people -- especially women -- were trying so hard to forge ahead with their lives."
The exhibition runs until March 23. For more details, visit www.concern.net/womenofconcern.