By JARO SLAVA
My name is Jaro, my photograph is featured in the book you're going to read about, and I helped my friend Beta create this funding campaign.
"A Woman's Work" is a coffee table photography book. It is a collection of portraits of beautiful, imaginative and strong women in creative and unusual, predominantly male professions. Beta Bajgart documents women's struggle to fully embrace their creative and professional passions. She hopes to raise awareness of gender inequality in modern Ireland and its impact on Irish women across all aspects of their lives - their career choices, gender pay gap, lack of support for working mothers and caregivers. All proceeds from the book will go to the charity organisation National Women’s Council of Ireland. Full length portraits of an auto mechanic, undertaker, boxer, pilot camerawoman, blacksmith, truck driver, sommelier and footballer, among others, are visually tied with colour. All women are photographed in their working environment. Most of them are working and based in Ireland. "A Woman’s Work" with words written by Jennifer Davidson is a testament to brave women who are following their dreams and in many cases stirring gender stereotypes. Some changed paths and some had to adjust to new circumstances and change professions. They all have one thing in common: they are inspiring.
Beta works as a commercial photographer but in her personal photography projects, she is more interested in people and their stories. She has had two successful photographic exhibitions, one in Ireland and one in Czech Republic. This project will be Beta's first book.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK WILL GO TO CHARITABLE ORGANISATION NATIONAL WOMEN'S COUNCIL OF IRELAND.
Two major sponsors have already contributed half the cost for the printing, ACCREATE - Leading Executive Recruitment Agency and RTÉ. This campaign will help supplement the second half.
All money raised in this campaign will go toward printing hard-cover coffee table photography book, using the services of an Irish printing company. Cost for printing 500 books ranges between 8000 to 9000 Euro.
The main challenge is raising the minimum budget required for printing 500 copies of the book. Beta has already photographed all women involved, she paid for all travel expenses out of her own savings. Everyone else is working on this book free of charge (writer, intern, camerawoman). The team continues to search for sponsors outside this campaign who could help offset the final cost.
Thank you for reading about this project! Your interest and support means a lot. Together, we can show all girls and women that they can do anything they want, that there is never too late to make positive changes in life and that there is growing support.