What is the “Women Who Shine” project?

 Women Who Shine” is a joint photography project in Hong Kong between Hagar, Seasoning, and An Ant Capture, to raise awareness and funds to address human trafficking and other severe rights abuses in Asia.

The project profiles six women survivors from Hagar Cambodia who have agreed to share their courageous stories. Each woman was styled and photographed by Seasoning and An Ant Capture, and their photos will feature in an upcoming exhibit in Hong Kong. Additionally their stories and images are being compiled into handmade, limited edition photo books and coffee table books that will be available for auction and sale.

What does it mean to be a woman who shines?

The women hand-picked for the Women Who Shine project are all inspirational members of their community who are doing what they are truly passionate about and using their gifts and talents to make their dreams into a reality. Like other women survivors in Hagar’s care, who have rebuilt their lives despite having endured unspeakable abuses, they shine with empowerment, courage, and inner beauty.

What was the motivation behind the “Women Who Shine” project?

“Women Who Shine” is a photo book series borne out of the creativity and passion of Hong Kong-based husband and wife team, Caroline Sze of Seasoning and Rico Tsui of An Ant Capture. The pair have been identifying different women around them as muses to style and photograph, to capture their individual beauty. Caroline and Rico believe that a woman’s self-confidence and inner joy are the essence of her beauty that shines through. When Caroline and Rico learned about Hagar’s work in Cambodia, they became inspired by the women survivors and their stories of perseverance and strength, and the next installment of “Women Who Shine” was born.

How/What people can do to get involved?

  • Check out these videos documenting the experiences of the “Women Who Shine” team during their visit to style and photograph six women survivors from Hagar Cambodia. More to come so stay tuned for videos from the rest of the team.
  • Visit our upcoming photo exhibition:

“Women Who Shine x Hagar” Photo Exhibition

When: May 11-14 2015

Where: Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central

Limited edition coffee table photo books are available for sale here: http://wws-x-hagar-books.eventbrite.hk.

Where will the funds raised go?

Funds raised will go back to Hagar’s programs in Cambodia, which provide holistic services (e.g. counseling, education, vocational training, etc.) to almost 700 women and child survivors annually.