Photographer Sarah Elliott is based in Nairobi and has traveled extensively, documenting social issues in Africa with a focus on women. Subjects of her stories include reproductive rights in Kenya, maternal mortality in Ethiopia, fistula repair in Central African Republic and women’s roles during the revolutions in Egypt and Libya.
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN - 24 hours after South Sudan celebrated it’s independence from the north, Southern Sudanese attend their first church service in an Indpendent South Sudan. North Sudan is predominantly Muslim, while South Sudan is Christian.
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - A Libyan girl puts on make up in her bedroom. Although she dresses modestly and wears a hijab she’s preparing to attend a girls only birthday party where she is able to wear whatever she likes.
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - Women gathered by the thousands in Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square (formerly known as GreenSquare) to celebrate the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi on September 2, 2011. A sea of headscarves, national flags and victory signs filled the square where women sang songs and chanted in celebration. Women for the most part have been out of the public eye during the revolution, but many have been working behind the scenes to liberate the country from the 42-year oppressive regime.