Silent Voices is a photography project realised by Marinka Masséus. Marinka’s photography revolves around people and is a constant reflection of her passion and fascination for human nature and the way we live our lives. The photos resonate her feelings about the challenges of living in modern day society. Silent Voices stands to show gender inequality nowadays.
“In the ongoing photo series ‘Silent Voices’, I symbolically draw attention to gender inequality around the world. Nowadays, feminism is trivialized, even by women. But gender inequality is still one of the most systemic inequalities in the world. Whether it is the gender pay gap, inequality in job performance reviews, domestic violence, sexual assault, honor killings, genital mutilation or the stoning of rape victims, there is still a lot of work to be done. Everywhere. Or in the words of former US president Jimmy Carter: “There is a pervasive denial of equal rights to women, more than half of all human beings, and this discrimination results in tangible harm to all of us. It is the worst and most unaddressed human rights violation on Earth.” There are still a lot of silent voices. My wish is that they will all be heard.”
“Last week, the victim statement of a raped girl went viral. Immediately after, the circumstances surrounding the lenient sentencing of the Stanford student who raped her, went viral as well. The judge felt that six months jail was enough since ‘a long sentence would influence his bright future’. Never mind that this girl’s life has changed forever by his crime. The boy’s father sickening response was that ‘6 months is already a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action’. Today, I read that ISIS burnt 19 girls to death for refusing to have sex with the fighters. My heart hurts for them, and for all the other victims around the world. In the meantime, girls everywhere are told to behave modestly as to avoid trouble. To walk the line. The subliminal message being that molestation and rape is their responsibility. It is not.”