My Name Is Woman
March 12, 2020
"My name is Woman" is a project that includes a series of photos and videos. The project is about conditions of life for women living in Kyrgyzstan
Here are the stories of several women through whom such social problems as early marriages, the "traditions" of bride kidnapping, migration, access to education, career and decent retirement are revealed. These strong women survive, help, sacrifice, live, breaking through ossified conservatism, patriarchal foundations, violence and censure, and condemnation of society and family.
The lives of women living in Krygizstan are presented here, but the problems identified in the project "My Name is Woman" are also common in our region.
The project was supported by UN Women in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, with financial support from the UN Peacbuilding Fund.
Elyor Nematov is a documentary photographer, born in Bukhara, lived and worked in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Currently lives in Tashkent. He is a member of Getty Images. He won international and Central Asian photo contests, participated in many international exhibitions and biennials.
Author of unique documentary projects: “I am a foreigner”, “Father Comes Tomorrow”, “Herders & Lamentation”, “Children of Bukhara”, “My Name is Woman”, “The Aral Ghost” and others.
Held personal photo exhibitions in New York, New Jersey, San Diego, Washington, Amsterdam, Moscow, Almaty, Astana, Bishkek, Tashkent.
Documentary films shown at various international festivals.
His works are published in such publications as: The Guardian, Meduza, The Global Voices, The Wall Street Journal, The Diplomat, Le Monde, The Telegraph. Collaborates with World Bank, UNICEF, UNWomen, OSF, DCA, UCA, etc.