By late September, some 30 million children worldwide had left their homes behind, fleeing conflict and hardship in search of safety and hope for a brighter future. As more and more stories of children arriving on Europe’s shores filled the news, I penned this photography essay for UNICEF’s global Medium account. It tells the stories of children and their families who risked it all to seek refuge in Europe and elsewhere.
This article covers the 2015 Second Regular Session of the UNICEF Executive Board, held at United Nations Headquarters. With the Sustainable Development Goals only weeks from adoption, Board members considered the future of UNICEF’s work in a new era of development.
For millions of people around the globe, water, sanitation and hygiene conditions have improved. Still, in 2015, 663 million people were using unsafe drinking water. VII Photo’s Ashley Gilbertson photographed in seven countries for UNICEF, making portraits of families and their daily water use. Using a selection of those portraits, I wrote a photo essay, published on UNICEF’s Medium account, that raised awareness of differences in water access and usage across continents. Among assets created for and shared during World Water Week 2015, the essay was featured in the July/August 2015 edition of the Division of Communication’s “Things We Can All Learn From” newsletter of the top thirteen examples of communications work produced by staff around the world.
The essay was also shared on UNICEF’s global Twitter account:
And it was shared twice on UNICEF’s global Facebook account:
UNICEF strives to realize a world in which all children have the same chance to survive, develop and reach their full potential, through identifying and removing the avoidable obstacles that prevent too many children from having a fair shot in life. This article covers the 2015 Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board, held at United Nations Headquarters, in which member states deliberated on how UNICEF would best reaffirm its commitment to equity as the path to truly sustainable change for children and for societies.
After Mercy Kennady, 9, lost her mother to Ebola, she made international news when she was found crying, scared and alone, wandering the streets of Liberia. Her journey has taken her from being orphaned, facing stigma and undergoing quarantine to starting anew in the loving home of a foster family. This photo essay I wrote for UNICEF’s global Medium account tells her story and was selected by the UNICEF Director of Communication for the first-ever “Things we can all learn from” newsletter of the top nine examples of communications work produced by staff around the world.
The piece was featured front and center on the UNICEF homepage.
It was also liked over 4,600 times (as of April 1, 2015) when shared on UNICEF’s global Facebook page.
And it was retweeted over 100 times from UNICEF’s global Twitter handle.
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) March 30, 2015
I played the lead role in establishing a presence for UNICEF photography on Medium, kicking off the launch by composing and producing “Empowering women,” a photo essay celebrating International Women’s Day. The piece centers on ways we can empower women—and how doing so is central to achieving gender equality.
The piece was featured front and center on the global UNICEF homepage.
It was also shared on UNICEF’s global Facebook page, receiving nearly 7,800 likes, 80 comments, and just over 1,040 shares within two days of posting.
Additionally, it was shared from UNICEF’s global Twitter handle, garnering 240 retweets and 185 favorites within one day of posting.
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) March 8, 2015
The piece is contained within the collection “Photography and social change,” which I’ll continue to grow, produce content for, and manage.
The number and scale of humanitarian emergencies in 2014 made it an unprecedented year in UNICEF’s work to meet the needs of children and families affected by crisis. As UNICEF’s Executive Board gathered at the start of its first regular session of 2015, Member States considered the growing number and complexity of emergencies, the lessons UNICEF learned from the preceding year and how those insights may be applied to provide even more timely and effective humanitarian aid. In a top-agenda item, the Board considered how UNICEF can continue to have sufficient funds available when a situation quickly deteriorates, facilitating stronger operational capacity to respond to crises.
Is a willingness to fail the key to successful innovation that yields positive change? This piece covers the exploration of that topic during the 2015 Joint Meeting of the Executive Boards of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)/the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) February 4, 2015
2014 was a devastating year, in which too many children around the world found themselves caught in emergencies with no end in sight. This photography essay captures the crises—from armed conflicts and natural disasters to the unprecedented Ebola outbreak—that undermined children’s ability to access healthcare, attend school, and play, and threatened their very survival.
A photography essay highlighting the challenges faced by health personnel, burial teams, and other workers on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.