As a wide-angle lens, femLENS is designed to allow women’s voices and thoughts to be more included in the cultural and media representation of sexes.
femLENS is an open laboratory of shared thought, knowledge, tools and ideas, an international community designed to give space and voice to women.
femLENS is the darkroom where women can develop their own vision and have a chance to become change agents themselves.
Today’s cultural and media representation of women is not inclusive and diverse. Men and women are often portrayed in stereotypical ways, and traditional roles in society are emphasised. This misrepresentation and the message behind needs to change, so that a political, economic, and social equality of the sexes is possible.
Founded in 2015 as a volunteer-driven organisation by photographer Jekaterina Saveljeva, femLENS works as a capacity builder delivering free workshops to teach women and girls from economically and culturally diverse backgrounds documentary photography techniques to tell stories visually by using easily available tools such as mobile phone cameras.
We believe that everyone in society should be accountable for promoting a culture of equality of the sexes and their representation within the media industry and the culture in the world, everyone and especially women.
Join us to learn photography skills and get a chance to change stereotypes in media and society!
Read a short history of femLENS to understand our origins or listen to femLENS founder, Jekaterina Saveljeva, speak about our work at TEDxLasnamäe in Tallinn, Estonia in April 2016.
If you would like to participate in an upcoming workshop or licence one of our images, please contact us.
femLENS’ work is guided by the Dóchas’ Code of Conduct on Images and Messages