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Exhibit at Ali Center stirs the fire to empower women on International Women’s Day 2014


This photo of a woman named Gilo, 50, is part of Phil Borges' Stirring the Fire project. It was taken in Yabelo, Ethiopia and Borges writes that "Gilo spent much of her time fetching water for her family of five before a cistern was built in her village. Previously she had to walk more than three hours, four times a week, with her daughter Galmo to collect water from the nearest spring in the mountains. The cistern freed up enough time to allow Galmo to start going to school. Galmo is Gilo's first child and the first person in her entire family to get a formal education." (Photo by Phil Borges)

This photo of a woman named Gilo, 50, is part of Phil Borges’ Stirring the Fire project. It was taken in Yabelo, Ethiopia and Borges writes that “Gilo spent much of her time fetching water for her family of five before a cistern was built in her village. Previously she had to walk more than three hours, four times a week, with her daughter Galmo to collect water from the nearest spring in the mountains. The cistern freed up enough time to allow Galmo to start going to school. Galmo is Gilo’s first child and the first person in her entire family to get a formal education.” (Photo by Phil Borges)

 
Stirring the Fire, a photography exhibition produced by social documentary photographer Phil Borges, will open at the Ali Center on International Women’s Day 2014 on Saturday, March 8, and run through Mother’s Day 2014 on Sunday, May 11.
 
Visitors to the exhibit will learn about issues facing women and girls worldwide regarding education, economic security, health, leadership, human trafficking and various forms of violence. These issues are conveyed through photos and written descriptions pertaining to the stories of remarkable women who reveal the pathways that helped them achieve social and economic justice in their communities and beyond.
 

“The Ali Center’s education programs and exhibits are based on three specific focus areas – education, gender equity and global citizenship. The Stirring the Fire exhibit brings all three of these areas to life here at the Center,” said Donald Lassere, president and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center.
 
“The ability to share stories of women and showcase their achievements on a grand scale, in some cases from half a world away, has to mean a great deal to them. It also means a great deal to the Muhammad Ali Center, especially since we are opening this exhibit on March 8 – International Women’s Day,” Lassere said.
 
Women from Afghanistan, India, the United States, Bangladesh, Benin, Cambodia, Tibet, Ethiopia and many more countries are represented in this exhibit’s striking photos. Admission to Stirring the Fire is included in the Ali Center’s regular pricing.
 
The Ali Center is located at 144 North Sixth St. in downtown Louisville. Parking is available on side streets or in the PARC garage located below the Ali Center. For questions, please call 502-584-9254.
 
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