Have you traveled around the world, trekking around all sorts of various countries, sparkling with different ways of life, attitudes and perspectives? If you were Phil Borges, then the answer would be a definite yes. For the better part of the past twenty five years, Phil has been traveling all over the planet, capturing the world through his camera and giving the global village some moving and wonderful stories about who we are, how we live, our spirit and our struggle.
His eyes opened by all this travel, Phil witnessed that women from many different cultures continued to be held down and where not given the same opportunities as men. Their roles had been for years to do the same practice that their mothers and grandmothers did and theirs before them. Sometimes that way of life is so common, why would you want to change? What often goes unspoken in these cultures, however, is an atmosphere that encourages common situations of exploitation, kidnapping, rape, abuse and forced labor. Add to that lack of food or money for women, and change becomes shockingly necessary. (continued below)
Right now, there are countless stories we could tell of women being held against their will all over the world. Women, whose opportunities and status are lessened because of cultures that promote the idea that, “men come first.” Yet, it has been proven all over the world that, by empowering women, giving them more opportunities to blossom and be involved in their particular community, an amazing amount of good will come to the community for both men and women.
Stirring the Fire is a movement started by Phil Borges to do just what it says: Stir The Fire.
Through his photography and collected stories, Borges hopes to show the world what the true realities and challenges our fellow female human beings face today. Stirring the Fire features stories and testimonies of women who have experienced some of the great injustices and a strong call to action, while Phil’s photography is stunning and moving.
There is still much to be done and much can be done. Visit Stirring the Fire to read testimonies, see beautiful photographs and to see how you can help.
“since we all came from a women, got our name from a women, and our game from a women. I wonder why we take from women, why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think its time we killed for our women, be real to our women, try to heal our women”
Below: Phil Borges stirs the Fire in Liberia