Women for the SDGs
“Women as Ambassadors for Human Values” is inspired by Elizabeth’s book ‘From Women to the World’, an anthology of compelling letters written by women and addressed to women who had a major impact in their lives. This photographic project is a continuation of the book in the form of a visual dialogue that cuts across different cultures, generations and missions.
Elizabeth’s goal has been to highlight the beauty of women’s complex and diverse nature. As part of this, the idea of a metaphor between the pebbles in the sea and a woman’s journey in life came about: a pebble gets smoothed and rounded by water and sand. In a similar way every woman carves her own identity in life through adversity, challenges and setbacks but also through successes, victories and a sense of mission.
The collaborative project between Elizabeth and photographer Sebastian Böttcher, has evolved into a multi-disciplinary dialogue between diverse identities and rich narratives. The project reflects the extraordinary life stories of established women from around the world highlighting their multiple roles: mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, partners, carers, breadwinners, educators and in the end: leaders.
If we want a more accountable, peaceful and sustainable world we have to engage more women in conversations and decision-making roles. Women bring more compassion, patience and, by nature, peaceful solutions. Research shows that in regards to conflict with other nations, when the percentage of women in parliament goes up by a mere 5%, a country is five times less likely to use violence during international crises. The 100 women featured in this project are role models for all of us and leave behind a legacy for generations to come.