Empowering female
storytellers
MARCH 2022 27

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Female storytelling

Achieving UN SDG 5, empowering female storytelling from the frontline of gender equality

Date: 27th March
Location: Dubai Cares Pavilion

Canon, UN and Dignified Storytelling organized this event to discuss the human value of storytelling and how female storytellers connect us to our world. Attendees heard first-hand accounts of the attitudes and experiences of three female Canon Ambassadors and learnt directly with them how they can be empowered to tell their own story.

The day's agenda

Panel 1: Why storytelling matters

11:00 – 12:00

Enabling and empowering storytelling across the world

Registration is now closed

Panel 1

Moderator

Ragy Saro

Dignified Storytelling Lead

Ragy Saro is currently the Head of International Organisations at Expo 2020 Dubai. He oversees the engagement of international and regional organisations and leads on diverse programs, such as Dignified Storytelling. Prior to Expo 2020, Ragy was External Relations Officer at the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), managing partnerships, resource mobilization and communication.

He led several advocacy campaigns, including the Making Cities Resilient Campaign. Ragy holds a Master’s Degree in management with a focus on international organisations. His love for biodiversity goes beyond spending most of his free time diving and exploring the oceans; he is an adamant advocate for the conservation of sharks – one of the most valuable and vulnerable species today. He has a passion for storytelling and film. 

SPEAKER

Jayashri Wyatt

Manager of the Outreach Division in the UN Department of Global Communications

For over a decade, Jayashri Wyatt (Producer) has produced major events and short films dedicated to promoting social and economic justice and human rights. Highlights include, producing the award winning play The Exonerated, that tells the true stories of six death row prisoners who were innocent and exonerated. As lead producer of the Blueprint for Accountability series she also tackled the death penalty, immigration, torture, racism, human trafficking, stop and frisk, child rape, mass incarceration and economic injustice.

She has also produced over 50 high-level productions at the United Nations General Assembly for the UN and UNICEF on global issues spanning climate action, the end of the transatlantic slave trade, ending violence against women and girls, refugees, internally displaced, humanitarian crisis, and advocating for the rights of the World’s most vulnerable and hardest to reach children.

SPeaker 

Georgina Goodwin

Canon Miraisha Trainer

Georgina Goodwin is a documentary photographer born and based in Kenya, specialising in social and environmental issues.

With 15 years’ experience she has won major international awards. Georgina is a contributor to Getty Images, Agence France-Presse, UN Refugee Agency, Everyday Climate Change and Everyday Extinction, and is a member of Women Photograph photographers’ collective.

She is founder of GGImages Media agency working with local talent across Africa (and the World), and co-founder of Africa Foto Chat, a platform connecting African media/photographers to opportunities in the global photography industry.

Speaker

Adam Pensotti 

Canon Young People Programme

Adam is based in London and took over running the Canon Young People Programme in 2020. With over twenty-five years of experience in the creative sector, he’s experienced working as a photographer and producer.

Adam leads on Canon’s commitment to empower the next generation of change-makers. His core focus is growing the Canon Young People Programme (YPP), carried out in partnership with the UN SDG Action team.

YPP is a Canon EMEA social investment initiative running in over twenty countries across the region, and works with global and local charity partners to offer storytelling education to disadvantaged young people.

In 2021 Adam spoke at Expo 2020 Dubai, supported the launch of Canon YPP in Libya, Russia and the DRC, pushing forward Canon’s commitment to providing education to those who need it most.

Panel 2: Storytelling from the female perspective

13:00 – 14:00

Empowering female storytelling from the frontline of gender equality

Registration is now closed 

Panel 2

Moderator

Adam Pensotti

Canon Young People Programme

Adam is based in London and took over running the Canon Young People Programme in 2020. With over twenty-five years of experience in the creative sector, he’s experienced working as a photographer and producer.

Adam leads on Canon’s commitment to empower the next generation of change-makers. His core focus is growing the Canon Young People Programme (YPP), carried out in partnership with the UN SDG Action team.

YPP is a Canon EMEA social investment initiative running in over twenty countries across the region, and works with global and local charity partners to offer storytelling education to disadvantaged young people.

In 2021 Adam spoke at Expo 2020 Dubai, supported the launch of Canon YPP in Libya, Russia and the DRC, pushing forward Canon’s commitment to providing education to those who need it most.

Speaker

Dena Assaf

UN Resident Co-ordinator in UAE

Dr. Dena Assaf is the United Nations Resident Coordinator for the United Arab Emirates and Deputy Commissioner General for the UN at Expo2020. She has been with the United Nations for over 20 years in various senior management positions and advisory roles with UN Peace Keeping, the UN Development Programme, UN Women and the UN Sustainable Development Group at headquarters, the Arab Region, and various UN country offices.

Speaker

Tasneem Al Sultan

Canon Ambassador – Middle East

Born in the United States and raised between the United Kingdom and Saudi where she is currently based, Tasneem Alsultan is an investigative photographer, storyteller and global traveler. With an inquisitive eye and camera at hand, she offers intimate and unique perspectives into the everyday lives of her subjects, telling their stories from her heart while striving to humanize and connect their realities to her audiences.

Her work largely focuses on documenting social issues and rights-based topics in Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf region through a gender lens, challenging stereotypical perceptions of the Middle East and portraying a region and people that do not conform to expectations. Covering stories primarily for The New York Times and National Geographic, Tasneem documents ground-breaking developments in Saudi and the region, including most recently, the lifting of the driving ban for Saudi women and the lifting of the ban on Saudi women entering sports arenas.

Having focused her research on anthropological studies of Saudi women, Tasneem holds a Master of Art in Social Linguistics from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Linguistics from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi.

Speaker

Georgina Goodwin

Miraisha Trainer – Africa

Georgina Goodwin is a documentary photographer and Canon Ambassador born and based in Kenya. Her work focuses on women, refugees, social issues and environment, and she works regularly with Agence France-Presse and UN Refugee Agency. Georgina is known for her award-winning work on Kenya’s post-election violence, cancer in Kenya, the Westgate terror attack, and Africa’s refugees – her image of 30 seconds old refugee baby Marian winning British Journal of Photography Portrait of Humanity Award and Grant 2019.

Georgina is one of World Press Photo’s Four to Follow #7, a contributor to Getty Images, Everyday Climate Change and Everyday Extinction, and member of Women Photograph and African Photojournalism Database. Georgina is a certified Canon Trainer and consultant for Aga Khan University teaching workshops across Africa, she also mentors photographers and is an official Nominator for World Press 6×6 Global Talent Program. Georgina was one of 19 TEDxNairobi 2017 finalist speakers, and a speaker at TEDxKakumaCamp 2018, the first TED talks to be held at a refugee camp,
Georgina’s work has been published by NY Times, Guardian, Vogue, Le Monde and many others, and has been exhibited in Times Square NYC, Tokyo Japan, The Louvre Paris, Bogota Colombia amongst others.

Speaker

Eliška Sky

Canon Ambassador – Europe

Eliška Sky is a Czech Artist & Art Director using the medium of photography and film to capture the diversity of beauty and address current themes with her surrealistic vision. She is known for her elaborate fashion projects involving large scale set design and also playful art series exploring the forms of the human body.

Eliška Sky is the former digital creative consultant for Vogue Czechoslovakia, current Canon ambassador and her works were exhibited at international shows in Prague, New York, Paris, London, Hong Kong and Helsinki. She regularly creates concepts, editorials & short films for fashion publications and magazines. To mention some highlights, she captured the supermodel Martha Hunt in New York for Numero Russia cover story, unique beauty Melanie Gaydos for Vogue Italia, muses Niko Riam and Michael Moon in Iceland also for Vogue Italia and modern icons Hungry and Salvia for Vogue Czechoslovakia. Advertising clients include brands like Puma and Preciosa crystals.

Eliška Sky was included in official selection of Aesthetica Film Festival 2019, awarded the winner of Portrait of Britain 2018, Hasselblad Masters finalist 2018 and overall winner of Diversity Now! by i-D magazine in 2015.

Magazine Forbes selected Eliška among 4 Czech female photographers who dominate the fashion industry in the year 2019.

3. Canon Ambassador Workshops

15:00-18:00

Stimulating panel talks by Canon ambassadors on the art of storytelling. 

Workshop 1

Tasneem & the art of storytelling 

Workshop 2

Georgina & the art of storytelling

Workshop 3

Eliška & the art of storytelling