Anne Ackermann

Photographer
 
Ladies first!
Location: Speyer
Nationality: Germany
Biography: Anne Ackermann is a documentary photographer based in Germany working worldwide. Her work often focuses on women’s and contemporary issues, touching themes ranging from migration and aftermath to skin bleaching and plastic surgery, from... read on
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Ladies first!
Credits: anne ackermann
Date of Work: 07/14/16 - 07/28/16
Updated: 12/17/18
In numbers, it looks so beautiful, the new world of gender-equality in Rwanda. 64 % of the members of parliament are women and half of the judges of the Supreme Court. There are more female ministers than male ones. Over 90 % of the communities are run by female majors and many enterprises are in the hands of women.

Women in Rwanda work as pilots, mechanics, develop software, are CEOs of multimedia- companies and hold leading positions in clinics and universities. Gender-equality is a political decision and laws have been drafted to implement it. No other country in the world has inscribed into the constitution, that at least 30 % of the members of both chambers of parliament have to be female.

For centuries Rwandese women had no rights, but since 1999 they are allowed to inherit and own property, half of the assets acquired in a marriage are theirs. It is forbidden for men to beat or discriminate a woman. It is hard to top this female-friendly approach.

The search for the reality behind Rwanda’s politically motivated gender-equality is a road trip through a country that is developing super-rapidly. Rwanda’s capital is very chic, at least in the centre, and then there is a strong political vision: the country shall become the African hub for technology, development, design, and banking.

And yet Rwanda is one of the poorest countries in the world, landlocked, poor in resources, densely inhabited. 70 % of the population live on farming. Poverty in Rwanda is female and so is labour. Can gender-equality be achieved under such circumstances?

Commissioned by GEO Germany, August 2016. 
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Education Island

By Anne Ackermann — In the tiny self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) over 100,000  mostly international students are currently enrolled in a..
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Inclusion in Cameroon

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Portraits

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Beatrice

By Anne Ackermann — A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant of VG Bildkunst. 2012-2014. Beatrice..
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Gertrude

By Anne Ackermann — Gertrude, Uganda, 2015 In Uganda, giving birth is predominantly a women-only affair. In a society where women have little or nothing to say, giving..
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Full Speed Ladies

By Anne Ackermann — When Nnenna and Jemmy ride their motorcycles through the busy streets of the megacity of Lagos in Nigeria, people sometimes stare at their chests to..
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Costumes

By Anne Ackermann — “Costume is the distinctive style of dress of an individual or group that reflects their class, gender, profession, ethnicity, nationality,..
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Gloria

By Anne Ackermann — A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant of VG Bildkunst. 2012-2014. Gloria is a..
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Wakaliwood

By Anne Ackermann — It’s not Hollywood, not Bollywood, not Nollywood, it’s Wakaliwood! Located in the Kampala slum of Wakaliga the movie-obsessed creatives..
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Lake Turkana

By Anne Ackermann — Lake Turkana at the utmost north of Kenya is most likely the place where mankind started: In the 1970s paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey found here..
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Plastica

By Anne Ackermann — Plástica, Rio de Janeiro, 2009 I have produced my portraits of women who received plastic surgery (known in Brazil as..
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House of Pasha

By Anne Ackermann — My work ‘House of Pasha’ looks at cultural views and expectations on women in Albania using proverbs, song text snippets, and images...
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Christine

By Anne Ackermann — A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant of VG Bildkunst. 2012-2014. Christine..
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Lady Sharia

By Anne Ackermann — A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant of VG Bildkunst 2012-2014. Lady Sharia..
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Behind Veils and Walls

By Anne Ackermann — 'Behind Veils and Walls' reveals the lives of female Somali refugees living in exile and the quest for an authentic, meaningful existence in..
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Gulu Youth

By Anne Ackermann — A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant of VG Bildkunst. 2012-2014. Youth have..
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Lake Turkana

By Anne Ackermann — Lake Turkana at the utmost north of Kenya is most likely the place where mankind started: In the 1970s paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey found here..
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White Blacks

By Anne Ackermann — This project is about the harmful practice of skin lightening in black African women. Skin lightening has gained terrifying popularity in some..
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