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– Men hold the key to ending violence against women and reducing gender inequalities. A new photography exhibit, entitled ‘Influential Men’, highlights their power through striking images of positive male role models. Its aim is to raise awareness of the importance of including and engaging men and boys in creating a world in which every individual is treated with dignity and respect.

The exhibit, was launched at UK Aid/DFID's HQ with a panel discussion between the curator of the exhibit, Viktoria Saxby, scholars masculinities studies and filmmakers from India, and the leadership of UK Aid/DFID at the London HQ. 

'Influential Men' displays the work of 20 photographers in 20 countries, capturing glimpses of men engaged in family and community life. One photograph, for example, depicts an HIV-positive father from Kibera, Nairobi, who is single-handedly raising six children after their mother and aunt died. Another shows a former gang member from New Mexico, USA, who now mentors at-risk youth. A group of men in Garissa Kenya, actively working against FGM (Female Genital Mutilation.), another a father in Afghanistan who says the best gift he can give his daughters is the gift of an education.
Others show men from many walks of life enjoying their roles as fathers, community leaders, and teachers - from 5 continents.


'Influential Men' was produced by Viktoria Saxby for Hope Exhibits/HopeComms.

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Our Clients Say

Cindy Berman, HR, former DFID UK Aid_edi
To mark International Day on Violence Against Women and the 16 Days of Activism at DFID (now FCDO), we were pleased to collaborate with Viktoria Saxby and HopeExhibits/HopeComms by showing her powerful and thought-provoking exhibit The World's Most Influential Men at our London HQ.

Viktoria participated in a panel discussion I convened with senior leadership to discuss the importance of engaging men and boys to achieve gender equality. At that time, the fight for gender equality was driven primarily by women’s rights organisations.
The exhibition was a clear demonstration of the important role that visual arts can play in changing attitudes and challenging social norms. It communicated a very different message about the benefits of gender equality for men, boys, and communities.

Cindy Berman, Human Rights Specialist,
Former Senior Social Development Advisor, DFID/UK Aid

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