Winners of the Freedom from Violence Photo Competition in India send a strong message for change


Check out this amazing album from the UN Women Asia & the Pacific Flickr page, highlighting the winners of their UN Women’s Freedom from Violence Photo Competition. Photographers used their skills and time to highlight women's issues, raise awareness, send a powerful message and paint a revealing picture of what women's lives—and rights—mean for them and for the world.

Click through to view the whole gallery and to read stories about the photos. Visit them online to learn more about UN Women Asia & the Pacific. - Tash McCarroll, Akshita Agrawal and Animesh Malakar are the three winners of UN Women’s Freedom from Violence Photo competition.

They won Nikon Cool Pix cameras for their award-winning effort.

Akshita Agrawal recognised women's freedom of choice as central to ensuring their dignity. “A woman who has the freedom to make choices lives a life of dignity and respect,” she said.

Tash McCarroll spent four days on the streets of Mumbai in Dharavi talking to people about women's rights and taking photographs.

She saw UN Women’s Freedom from Violence Photo Competition as "a great opportunity to educate others and advocate about women's rights to different groups of people, both men and women". She believes that campaigns like this contribute to pushing for change.Tash is one of the three winners of UN Women’s Freedom from Violence Photo competition.

Here we feature the three winning pictures as well as the ten runner ups from the Freedom from Violence for Women and Girls Photo Competition.

Through the two-month long photo competition that ran from 9 December 2012 to 10 February 2013, UN Women encouraged young people to show the world what freedom from violence against women meant to them. As part of the UN Secretary General's UNiTE to End Violence against Women and Girls campaign, millions were encouraged to discuss and prevent violence against women through social media and on ground activation