Tuschman's book, based on a series called "Faces of Courage: Intimate Portraits of Women on the Edge," illuminates the unfathomable struggles many women around the world are forced to endure every day. Forced marriage, domestic violence, sexual abuse, human trafficking, limited access to education -- the compilation highlights the fact that too many mothers and girls around the world are denied basic control over their bodies and their minds.
The women in Faces of Courage live in dangerous, sometimes life-threatening conditions, for no other reason than they fact that they were born women in a particular location on planet Earth. Tuschman's images, however, take an ultimately optimistic tone, celebrating the immense bravery and resilient spirit of the countless individuals whose stories frequently go untold, rather than focusing on the root of gender inequality in various countries. The series echoes the words of American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead: "It has been a woman's task throughout history to go on believing in life when there was almost no hope."
Some pictures in his book below:
In Maiduguri in northern Nigeria, a traditional birth attendant counsels a mother about to give birth. There were approximately 40 mothers outside, sitting on the ground, waiting to see her.
Women waiting to see healthcare workers in a village outside of Kano, Nigeria.
An hour outside of Kaduna, Nigeria, the Bixby Girl Child Education Project works to increase access to education for girls in rural areas. When the instructor brought out a single laptop computer, which seemed out of place in the water-drenched mud hut, all of the girls jostled with each other to get a view of the image on the screen.
Nazia is 21 years old and has been married for two years. She shares her story at a support group for battered women organized by the NGO Action India, a grantee of the Global Fund for Women. Her husband's family demanded a motorcycle as part of the dowry; then her husband demanded a car, which Nazia' parents could not afford. One day when she was riding with her husband on the new motorcycle, he pushed her off. She was seven months pregnant at the time. After she survived the accident, Nazia's husband gave her some medicine that made her ill and sent her to a hospital where she delivered a stillborn child. Her husband left her afterward, and Nazia has been living with her mother. She wants a divorce and the return of her dowry.
A woman confers with her doctor in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has just undergone a Norplant birth-control procedure, in which the medication has been implanted subdermally in her upper arm. The contraceptive is effective for six months