Photo: outdoor photo exhibition Women's Fight for Shelter

It all starts at home

Women’s fight for shelter

Life journeys of women all around the world start at home. Some are more challenging than others. But all the women share an unbreakable will to live in decent conditions. 

The photo exhibition Women’s Fight for Shelter is about women who have overcome all barriers and won their fight for home. Discover their stories. 


This land is not for women

Shamsikhon comes from a village of a few thousand people in the Kumsangir area of Tajikistan. She sits, smiling, in her cheerful garden full of watermelon, peppers, and herbs, but it is only recently that she has been able to smile again. In rural areas of Tajikistan strong traditions work against women who head households, but she was able to break them.


Loans help build independence 

Jane lived with her three brothers in the family property where they had all been raised, but as a woman she had no claim to inherit any part of the land. She was forced to leave, losing a roof over her head. But she was determined to improve her circumstances.  


Waiting to return home

Nour, together with her husband and three children, fled Syria following a terrible violence in Aleppo in 2012, leaving much of the city – founded four centuries ago - in ruins. 
The family made their way first to the Lebanese city of Tripoli.


These courageous women who decided to talk about their life journeys can help other women in similar situations to find hope and strength to also fight for their homes.