color image of a women getting water from a river as part of the exhibit titled "Water is a Women's Issue"

Water is a Women’s Issue

30 Jul 2019 CONTAINERS
color image of a woman along side water as part of the exhibit titled "Water is a Women's Issue"

Featuring: A VOICE: Art Vision & Outreach In Community Education (Flathead Nation, Montana), Las Fotos Project (Los Angeles) Club Balam (Chiapas, Mexico), The Lower Eastside Girls Club (New York City)

Presented by
Lower Eastside Girls Club

Curated by
Lower Eastside Girls Club

Water is a Woman’s Issue examines how water can impact women in our homes and in our communities, and the strategies that may help protect us.

We have been exploring the concerns about water in our respective backyards so that we can: define a visual, ethnographic photography project to capture this emergent crisis, and to portray the impact of the scarcity–or abundance, and the pollution of water, within the daily life of our communities, and in our families.

This work also documents other projects of hope: scientists and engineers racing against time for solutions, environmental activists are planting trees, cleaning stream beds and shorelines, politicians and citizens are sounding alarms and creating new and equitable laws, and most importantly: youth groups are working to change the course of the future.

After all, it is the younger generation leading the climate action movement, organizing to highlight the crisis, fighting for equitable access to natural resources–including water, and struggling for a viable and sustainable planet for our future. We are wielding our cameras, and telling our stories from diverse corners of the world–we are answering the call to action.


Water is a Women’s Issue is a national collaborative project organized by the Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York, which examines how water impacts women’s bodies, our home communities and our daily life.

Our sister organizations, Las Fotos Project (Los Angeles), Club Balam (Chiapas, Mexico), A VOICE (Flathead Nation, Montana) and YAYA’s (New Orleans), are all exploring the struggles around water in their respective backyards. The girls are designing their own visual, ethnographic photography projects to capture the emergent crises pertaining to extreme water scarcity, abundance, pollution, and contamination.


The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) connects girls and young women to healthy and successful futures. For over twenty years, the girls club has operated in-depth photography education programs, with national and international youth-partner organizations.

Our state-of-­the-­art digital labs offer over a dozen classes a week in digital media. We train the next generation of art and documentary photographers, with a strategic focus on social justice issues.

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