The International Women’s Development Agency started in 1985 with a mission – to achieve gender equality for all women. Since then, they’ve worked across the globe supporting women and empowering them to lead. IWDA’s outreach is powerful, meaningful and life-changing. Our Creative Director, Anna Carlile, captured the real-life stories behind that outreach through her photography in the field. Anna went to Timor-Leste, where IWDA partners with Alola, a not-for-profit organisation that not only advocates for women’s rights, but nurtures and empowers local women to become leaders. Anna’s portraits of these leaders in the field are intimate, authentic and direct.
Photography by Anna Carlile