Named one of 10 “emerging photographers to watch” by I-D Magazine in 2018, Miora Rajaonary is a documentary photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Originally from Madagascar, Miora has worked with publications including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Vogue US. She is a Getty Images ARRAY Grant winner (due to her diverse and inclusive visual storytelling) and a regular contributor to Everyday Africa.
As a female photographer you’re considered different to a male photographer.”
Women by Women is celebrating the inspiring stories of women in the countries we work in – and the female photographers capturing those stories from behind the lens.
Learn about our work changing the lives of women and girls living in poverty, for good.
Khosi Nomnqa is a member of a group that supports women from mining-affected communities. She has received gender equality and women’s rights training and is helping women in her community to stand on their own two feet.
I believe in the liberation of women and gender equality.”
ActionAid works in South Africa to support women like Khosi, who are championing women's rights and transforming their communities.
Jamilla Madingwane is a member of the Rainbow Activist Alliance Project, which seeks to create safe spaces for LGBTQ+ people living in townships. She is passionate about speaking out on behalf of people who are unable to advocate for themselves.
I would love for me and members of my community to live in a free and just world.”
Hazel Dube is a full-time student and activist with dreams of becoming a South African Oprah Winfrey.
She has been involved with the ActionAid-supported Young Urban Women advocacy project since 2014. The project aims to influence decision-makers about issues that concern young women, including sexual and reproductive health.
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Millicent Shungube is a member of the Greater Phola Women’s Forum, an organisation that advocates on behalf of communities affected by mining.
Millicent educates the women in her forum on their rights and helps raise awareness about the dangers of mining for local communities.
[Living in an area surrounded by mining] affects us because it means high air and water pollution and unstable living conditions."
Nkeletseng Tsetsane is the founder of MB Teen Lifestyle, a platform and safe space where teenagers can interact, share information and discuss topics including teenage pregnancy, underage drinking and living with HIV.
Nkeletseng is also part of a collective which engages traditional and religious leaders in topics which affect young people, for example sexual health services.
Nontsikelelo Khunju works in child and youth development. She is passionate about ensuring economic and social justice for women and children across South Africa.
Nontsikelelo currently sits as the chairperson for a leading African research institute focusing on HIV and sexual and reproductive health. She also advocates for the rights and protection of women and children through creative writing, poetry and spoken word.
Across Africa and around the world, ActionAid is empowering women like Nontsikelelo to fight for economic and social justice – and putting their stories front and centre. Learn more about our work.
Thato Emily Mphuthi, 24, is a women’s rights activist and an advocate for the rights of young people.
She is the president of Young Urban Women Active Citizens, a women’s advocacy group that addresses the social challenges faced by young women, including lacking sexual and reproductive health rights.
Inspiring women like Thato are changing lives and empowering women and girls in their communities every day.
But there's so much more work to do.
The denial of women and girls’ rights is one of the biggest causes of poverty worldwide, and a grave injustice.
That’s why at ActionAid we put the rights of women and girls at the heart of all we do.