“Gaza Girls: Growing Up in the Gaza Strip”

Monique Jaques, Author and Photojournalist


*A light snack is served at 12:30 p.m. Event begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Photographer and journalist Monique Jaques will present her award-winning photo book, Gaza Girls: Growing Up in the Gaza Strip, which looks at moments of laughter, dreaming, and living for young girls in Gaza, despite the difficulty and constraints that define their reality.

Exploring issues of identity and religion, Gaza Girls follows the journey of young women as they attempt to defy adversity and claim back the happiness that was taken away from their daily life. This project was first published in The New York Times and has been syndicated in Marie Claire Italy, Vogue Italy, Panorama Italy, The Telegraph and The Guardian UK. Jaques will discuss how she produced this book and the lessons learned along the way.

To read more about Gaza Girls click here. Copies of the book will be available for resale.


Biographies of Author

Monique Jaques is a photojournalist based in the Middle East. Her work focuses on the representation of women through documentary photography and video. Her multi-award-winning approach to journalism re-frames prevailing narrative and examines modern-day issues misrepresented in the media. Recently listed on TIME Lightbox’s list of Female Photographers to Follow From Around The World, she has worked for a variety of editorial and commercial clients while producing a diverse portfolio of documentary projects.

Much of her editorial work has focused on challenging preconceived ideas of women and Islam and has published portfolios profiling Islamic Fashion, Muslim Beauty Pageants, Women living under ISIS and Sufism in Georgia. Jaques has also been working on projects looking at the after effects of disease epidemics around the world. Her work on Guinea’s ability to combat Ebola was published in The New York Times Magazine and exhibited in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She documented the decimation of maternal health in Sierra Leone for The New York Times Lens Blog and the fallout of Zika in El Salvador for The Nation. She holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.



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