Orange The World: Ending Violence Against Women One Photograph at A Time

2017 has been nothing if not a year of social awakening, a spotlight on all those issues women have had to live through for far too long. From the #MeToo movement and the Silence Breakers being named as TIME’s Person of the Year to pussy hats being taken to the streets, it was a difficult but exciting time for all those ever silenced based upon their place on the gender spectrum. Through it all, women have been negotiating and re-negotiating their place at the table, shouting loud and shouting clear that it stops here. The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign has motivated Eivind Hansen, one of our favourite photographers to watch, to filter the theme through his lens and bring together 8 influential trans women, aligning them to the movement.

His addition to the project was developed alongside the Transgender Awareness campaign, a two-week event that culminated in the Transgender Day of Remembrance which took place on the 20th November. Due to anti-LGBT violence being projected predominantly on trans people, the life expectancy for a transgender woman is estimated at around 35 years old, with trans women of colour being even more exposed to this violence. Hansen’s moving project presents those facts in a different light, his backdrop acting as a splash of colour against those dire statistics. He uses flower arrangements to bridge the gap between strength and fragility, calling for a delicate rebirth consisting in an end to this discrimination and the creation of new conditions for absolutely all women.

Eivind Hansen once again manages to shatter new boundaries, including those between photographer and model by allowing these women to feel beautiful, strong and most of all, their true selves. It is a form of non-exploitative visibility that sees these women happy and graceful, cementing their status as figures of empowerment for the trans community and women all over the world. The End Violence against Women campaign has proclaimed every 25th of every month an “Orange Day”, a key figure in this movement of raising awareness and prevent violence against all self-identifying women. Through Eivind Hansen’s important project, this 25th we can celebrate more than just the Holidays, but also the strong voices and achievements of these trans women below.


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KUCHENGA (@kuchenga) is a writer, an agitator an avid consumer of all culture high and low. She is a Black trans feminist whose work sparkles with vivacity and originality. A member of Black Lives Matter UK, the Bent Bars Collective and Sisters Uncut she lives in London and can often be found frollicking in the park with her dog Nene.’ taken from KUCHENGA’s debut on HISKIND, which can be read here.

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Munroe Bergdorf (@munroebergdorf) is a model and social activist, a prominent voice in the community, constantly commenting on race, diversity and LGBT+ issues. Through social media, public speaking and her frequent contributions to the world’s leading publications, she has cemented her position as one of the most outspoken figures in the LGBT+ community. Read her piece in our latest issue, where she discusses self love and corporate ally-hood.

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Shon Faye (@shon.faye) is a writer, artist and comedian. She is Editor-at-Large at DAZED, whilst also contributing to The Independent, The Guardian and many more as a voice for LGBT+ and women’s issues. Her short films have been shown at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and through her activism she constantly supports Stonewall and Amnesty International.

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‘The concept is simple: you sit down opposite Charlie Craggs and for the next ten minutes, she manicures your nails. In that time, you two can talk about anything, and at the end of it all, you’ve had a nice time and you’ve got some ace nails. Most of the attendees to her table have never met a trans person before. “Nowadays, they might have heard about trans people and seen them on TV, but a lot of people haven’t actually met a trans person,” says Craggs. With each event she works, with each hand she paints, Craggs increases the visibility of the trans community and humanises something that many only see through sensationalised stories in the media.’ excerpt from our interview in Issue one. Charlie Craggs (@charlie_craggs) is an author, activist and founder of Nail Transphobia, social campaign which fights transphobia, one manicure at a time. She has recently released her first book To My Trans Sisters.

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Chloe Fiilani (@1.chloe.f) is a feminist, poet and performance artist, with performances at Late at Tate and UAL under her belt. Further, she’s curated the ‘Swaying Feels wit Blk Sirens’ arts and music event for black women anywhere on the gender spectrum.

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‘When I knew I was in the wrong body, I knew I had a long road and fight ahead of me for equality, for peace, and for the right to just be what I am; a woman. Transgender or not, a woman. Nothing is impossible, and I believe that one day it’s not going to be so difficult to be from “anywhere” and still be whoever you want to be.’ Faye Dickinson (@dickinson.0101) is a London-based social media influencer. Originally from the Middle East, her journey to become her true self meant risking losing those closest to her due to national taboos.

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Rhyannon Styles (@rhyannon_styles) is a writer and performer, having released her memoir last June. She also frequently contributes to platforms such as Elle or i-D and, as a public speaker, has used her voice around the world to raise awareness on transgender issues.

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Paris Lees ( @paris.lees) is, quite simply, ‘the voice of a generation’ according to i-D. One of the most influential member of the LGBT+ community and an award-winning campaigner she is a force of nature in mainstream media, having created Britain’s first magazine aimed at the trans community. In addition to columns and contributions in many other publications, she’s also fronted several fashion campaigns.

Floral arrangements by James Buswell. All images by Eivind Hansen. To discover more of Eivind’s thoughts on the project, go here and follow him on Instagram @eivindhansen.

Find out more about the ‘End Violence Against Women’ initiative here http://endviolence.un.org/

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