Peggy Kelsey

Founder, The Afghan Women's Project

Innately curious, Peggy was inspired to begin the Afghan Women’s Project after meeting with a delegation of Afghan women who passed through Austin, Texas, during the fall of 2002. The strength, humor and resiliency of these women was contrary to the media image of Afghan women as helpless victims. Peggy created The Afghan Women’s Project to share stories of these women to help change stereotypes. Her photography exhibits are used by organizations worldwide to raise awareness about Afghan Women by seeking out wisdom and sources of strength from women who have experienced repression and hardship.

About Women and Girls Lead:

Women and Girls Lead is a multi-year public media initiative to focus, educate, and connect citizens worldwide in support of the issues facing women and girls. Combining independent documentary film, television, new media, and global outreach partnerships, Women and Girls Lead amplifies the voices of women and girls acting as leaders, expands understanding of gender equity, and engages an international network of citizens and organizations to act locally and reach out globally.

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