Photography is a powerful medium for telling stories—but not all stories are equally visible.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has long supported organizations that work to ensure women have full and fair opportunities to earn a living and can choose whether and when to have a family. Similarly, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation supports reproductive health advocates, researchers, and providers to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Yet the images of this kind of work, particularly in developing countries, often focus on the tremendous need—families living in poverty or long lines of women waiting for health services—rather than what we consider most important: women in decision-making roles, earning income, and accessing reproductive health care information and services.
With this in mind, the Hewlett Foundation worked with Getty Images to create a photography resource, Images of Empowerment, in 2015. The Packard Foundation built upon this collection in 2018. All of the photographs are available—free of charge—to non-commercial users. And, the photos funded by the Hewlett Foundation are also available for licensing to Getty Images' global customer base of creative agencies, businesses, news organizations, and other editorial clients.
The first set of images, supported by the Hewlett Foundation, are from Kenya, Senegal, and Uganda and document the work of our grantees and the way their reproductive health care information and services transform women's lives and the lives of their families. All photos were taken by Jonathan Torgovnik of Reportage by Getty Images.
The second set of images, supported by the Hewlett Foundation, are from Ghana, South Africa, India, Thailand, Peru and Colombia and capture women and men working in the informal economy as domestic workers, home-based workers, street vendors and waste-pickers. The individuals in the photographs are members of Women in Informal Employment: Organizing and Globalizing (WIEGO), a Hewlett Foundation grantee, that works to improve the lives of informal workers and their families. Photos were taken by Jonathan Torgovnik, Paula Bronstein, and Juan Arredondo of Reportage by Getty Images.
The third set of images, supported by the Packard Foundation, are from Bihar, India and Louisiana and Mississippi in the United States. These images show women and girls in decision-making roles, accessing and providing quality reproductive health care, and as active participants in their communities. The organizations and individuals photographed are at the nexus of quality reproductive health information and services including family planning, contraceptive choices, safe abortion care, and sexual health education for women and youth, empowering local women and girls to raise their voices about issues that affect them. The photos were taken by Paula Bronstein and Nina Robinson, of Reportage by Getty Images.
All of the photographs on this site are available under a CC BY NC 4.0, which means they can be downloaded and used for any non-commercial purpose, provided you comply with the terms of the license.
Like the Getty Images Lean In Collection that provides powerful depictions of women and girls especially in the United States, these 1400 images show women living, working and organizing around the world.
We hope that you will use them to tell women's stories, and to show what empowerment looks like.
We would love to know your thoughts; please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and tell us how you are using these images.