As part of the "Visa pour l'image" festival, the Carmignac Foundation revealed the identity of the winner of the 8th "Prix Carmignac du photojournalisme": The French photographer Lizzie Sadin for her work on women and girls slavery in Nepal.
After the call for application, launched on July 2016, the jury, presided by Monique Villa, decided to shed the light on Nepali women by selecting Lizzie Sadin's project. After a four month report on the spot, from February to May 2017, the photojournalist brought an overwhelming testimony about human trafficking based on gender, integrated in the Nepalese society.
An exhibition will be dedicated to her work at the Hôtel de l'industrie in Paris from October 20th 2017, along with an edition of a monographic book.
After the devastating earthquake, which killed 9000 people and displaced 650 000 people in 2015, the daily lives of numerous Nepali have been shattered.
Unemployment, along with an extreme precariousness brings more and more traffickers who focus on women who are particularly weakened.
To Lizzie Sadin, this trafficking, based on selling and forcing women and girls to prostitute themselves, led by "friends" or even family members, is not only economic, it is cultural.
It violates women's rights: the right to receive an appropriate education, the right to choose one's own destiny, the right to live without the fear of being physically or psychologically abused by their own spouses, the right not to be sold... It is a whole system of beliefs that must be shattered, the system which, in Nepal, defines women as inferior to men.