2014 Women’s Initiative Grant Deadline Nearly Here

From 7-9pm young women, ages 15 to 22, prepare for a night of work at the Violin Karaoke bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Their job is to sell drinks to customers who book the karaoke rooms; in the neighboring dance club, also part of the Violin, there are cocktail waitresses. However, many are also freelance sex workers or 'bar girls' who make their own arrangements with the customers for a 'date.' Most of the customers are asian; they are either Thai, Korean, Chinese, or Japanese. The Thai sex industry model is rapidly developing in the Cambodian capitol, Phnom Penh. Tim Matsui

From 7-9pm young women, ages 15 to 22, prepare for a night of work at the Violin Karaoke bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Their job is to sell drinks to customers who book the karaoke rooms; in the neighboring dance club, also part of the Violin, there are cocktail waitresses. However, many are also freelance sex workers or ‘bar girls’ who make their own arrangements with the customers for a ‘date.’ Most of the customers are asian; they are either Thai, Korean, Chinese, or Japanese. The Thai sex industry model is rapidly developing in the Cambodian capitol, Phnom Penh. Tim Matsui


There are just a handful of days left to apply for the 2014 Women’s Initiative Grant. The deadline is Monday, June 30, 2014 at 2 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time.

The Grant provides $25,000 for a serious documentary photographic project encompassing any issue involving women anywhere in the world. Photographers and visual journalists from any country may apply for this Grant.

$25,000 for a project to be produced on a significant issue involving women anywhere in the world

While considering the idea of women’s issues, several themes have been suggested, including femininity and the culture of abuse; women making a difference, leading, changing things for the better; gender inequality; the direct connection to women and education, and the impact on birth rates, health of children and the productivity of the women; gender discrimination, women in leadership, women in the military, mental health issues. These ideas are by no means intended to influence proposals, but they may help photographers in thinking about this topic.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and working with this year’s recipient to help raise awareness and fight some of the issues and ills women face today. Please help by sharing this announcement.

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  1. Where i upload photos for your competition. Please send me the URL link.

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