If You Knew Me You Would Care

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ISBN-13: 1000902

by Zainab Salbi
Photographs by Rennio Maifredi
Forewords by Meryl Streep, Annie Lennox, Ashley Judd, and Geena Davis
by Zainab Salbi Photographs by Rennio Maifredi Forewords by Meryl Streep, Annie Lennox, Ashley Judd, and Geena Davis

Social Science / Women's Studies / Photography - Portraits Hardcover 10.25 x 15.125 144 pages 90 four-color photographs ISBN: 978-1-57687-619-0 $65 $74 CAD

If You Knew Me You Would Care represents a journey taken to find women who have survived wars, violence, and poverty in order to collect their stories. Amazingly, the stories go beyond tears and victimhood and reveal joy, love, and forgiveness, in a project brought to life by Women for Women International, an organization providing women survivors of war, civil strife, and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency.

If You Knew Me You Would Care is a collaboration between women's rights activist and Women for Women founder Zainab Salbi and photographer Rennio Maifredi. Together they traveled to Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Bosnia and Herzegovina to seek out women who have been subject to the worst trials individuals must ever face, and yet overcame this adversity. Salbi conducted interviews with women about their definitions of war and peace, about their horrific and tragic pasts and their hopes for the future, and Maifredi photographed each of the women interviewed. The interviews and images together create a compelling, global, first-person account of what it means to be a powerful, female, survivor.

If You Knew Me, You Would Care is a celebration of women's stories and strength worldwide.

Zainab Salbi is a women's rights activist, humanitarian, and coauthor, with Laurie Bucklen, of the bestselling memoir, Between Two Worlds: Growing up in Tyranny; Escaping the Shadow of Saddam (Gotham, 2005). Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International and served as the organization's CEO from 1993-2011. Among her numerous honors, Salbi was named as a “21st Century Heroine” by Harper's Bazaar in 2010. Newsweek, The Guardian, and the Economist Intelligence Unit each named Salbi as one of the most influential and inspirational women in the world in 2011.

Rennio Maifredi is a photographer whose fashion work in has been featured in Allure, Vogue, and Marie Claire. He has a particular passion for portrait photography and his work in that area has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Time, and Wired. His work has been exhibited in private collections in New York City. Maifredi was born and raised in Italy and is currently based in New York.