Emilie Richardson

Photographer
   
Afghanistan
Location: Minneapolis
Nationality: American
Biography: Emilie Richardson is a New York based photographer available for assignments worldwide. Originally from Minnesota, she began her career shooting for local papers and documenting life in the Midwest. She has worked for non-profit and news agencies... MORE
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Afghanistan
Copyright Emilie Richardson 2022
Updated Jan 2021
Topics Abuse, Civil Rights, Civil Wars, Community, Documentary, Emotion, Family, Fear, Feminism, Freedom, Human Rights, Islam, NGO, Oppression, Photography, Photojournalism, Politics, Rape, Relationships, Religion, Womens Rights
Marriage in present day Afghanistan is still in many cases a financial transaction and places women in possibly dangerous situations. Marriages are often done in a home or traditional setting without  a marriage license making it difficult to prove anything in court. If a husband wants to leave his wife he is able to do so whenever he pleases but for a woman it is nearly impossible.

With the lack of employment opportunities for women in the region, even more so for uneducated women, the only viable option is to remarry.

Inside a women’s shelter in Kabul you hear the laughter of children playing as their mothers huddle in a corner speaking to each other in whispers. The bedrooms are filled with bunk beds, some 12 to a room. Some of these women have not stepped outside of the shelter walls in years. All were forced into marriages; most suffered from physical and mental abuse. Some have been abandoned by their husbands; others have husbands with drug addictions issues. All of these women have nowhere else to go.
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