(youtube.com) Justyna Mielnikiewicz photographed and interviewed women of varying ages in rural villages, small towns, and the capital city of Tbilisi in order to explore the range of women's roles and experiences in Georgia. She began her project in closed, rural communities, where social rules are often more severe due to the persistence of traditional customs, peer and social pressure, tighter community control, and the regulation of women's conduct based on conservative religious values. More: soros.org/multimedia and here: soros.org/justyna mielnikiewicz
Meet the Recipients of the 2009 Production Grant for Photographers from Central Asia, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan. In 2009, the Open Society Documentary Photography Project launched a new grant program to support photographers from Central Asia, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan. Nine photographers were selected from 6 different countries—Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan—to document social justice or human rights issues in their home countries.
In addition to awarding project funds, the program provided these photographers with two workshops in Istanbul, audio recording equipment and training, and a 6-month mentorship with world-renowned photographers Yuri Kozyrev (NOOR Images) and Antonin Kratochvil (VII Photo Agency).
2009–2010 Production Grantees (soros.org/multimedia/production-grants-photographers-central-asia-caucasus-afghanistan-mongolia-and-pakistan)
Mery Agakhanyan (Armenia): Village Life in Armenia
Barat Ali Batoor (Afghanistan): The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan
Hayk Bianjyan (Armenia): Forced Evictions: Property Violations in Armenia
Rena Effendi (Azerbaijan): Oil Village: Baku, Azerbaijan
Valeriy Kaliyev (Kazakhstan): Migrant Workers in Kazakhstan
Justyna Mielnikiewicz (Georgia): Old Rules, New Realities
Karen Mirzoyan (Armenia): Suicide in Armenia
Akhtar Soomro (Pakistan): Sheedi Community in Karachi
Farzana Wahidy (Afghanistan): Life for Women in Afghanistan