The six-month uprising against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi propelled women in a traditional society into roles they never imagined theyâ€™d play. Womenâ€™s roles in the Revolution that started in February 2011 were key to the ousting of Gaddafi, this portrait essay documents womenâ€™s involvement and their struggles during this time.
Sarah Elliott (1984), USA, is a graduate of Parson's School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Sarah has traveled extensively and is interested in documenting social issues in Africa with a focus on women. Stories include reproductive rights in Kenya, maternal mortality in Ethiopia, fistula repair in Central African Republic and women's roles during the Revolutions. In 2010 Sarah was selected by the Magenta Foundation as a Flash Forward Emerging Photographer winner, as well as being selected to participant in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass: Persistence. In 2011 Sarah was short listed for the Anthropographia Award for Human Rights as well as winning 3rd prize in the Contemporary Issues Stories category at World Press Photo. In addition, she was the premier winner of the 2011 GLOBAL WORLD: Through the lens of human rights award and a winner in the photojournalism section of PDN Photo Annual 2011. Sarah received bronze in the 2011 "Prix de la Photographie, Paris" (Px3).