Special exhibition

Resilience - stories of women inspiring change: Johannesburg, South Africa

08 March 2023 to  29 March 2023
Market Theatre Precinct and Newtown Junction Mall, Johannesburg, South Africa

Market Theatre Precinct and Newtown Junction Mall, Johannesburg
Special exhibition: Resilience

Market Theatre Precinct and Newtown Junction Mall, Johannesburg

The World Press Photo Foundation and the Kingdom of the Netherlands present a selection of stories, awarded in the World Press Photo Contests from 2000 to 2021, that highlight the resilience and challenges of women, girls and communities around the world.

Gender equality and justice is a fundamental human right critical in supporting cohesive societies. Yet women around the world face deeply entrenched inequality and remain underrepresented in political and economic roles. Worldwide in 2021, women represented just 26.1% of some 35,500 parliament seats, only 22.6% of over 3,400 ministers, and 27% of all managerial positions. Violence against women prevails as a serious global health and protection issue. An estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime.

This joint exhibition conveys the commitment of the Netherlands to women’s rights and gender equality and justice. Multiple voices, documented by 17 photographers of 13 different nationalities, offer insights into issues including sexism, gender-based violence, reproductive rights, and access to equal opportunities. The selection of stories explores how women and gender issues have evolved in the 21st century and how photojournalism has developed in the ways of portraying them.

See a selection of the stories and photographs on display.

Event location

Market Theatre Precinct and Newtown Junction Mall 

Johannesburg, South Africa

+27 11 834 1444


Free admission (outdoor exhibition)

Organization details

Market Photo Workshop

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Sponsor details

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to South Africa

Related program

Exhibition public talk program: 11 March, 10.00 CAT

Image credit: Forough Alaei