Saskia Keeley’s humanitarian workshops foster peace and non-violence by breaking down decades of fear and bias and allowing participants to reconnect with each other’s humanity.

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Saskia Bory Keeley partners with humanitarian organizations to share their valuable work with the world, including Leaders’ Quest (India), The END Fund/Amani Global Works (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Roots and Taghyeer (West Bank), and We Love Reading (Jordan).

Saskia runs Accompagnateur Workshops, photography workshops in which participants unpack decades of fear and bias through the simple yet profound acts of looking and listening.

She is exploring where these workshops can be helpful in global conversations toward peace and coexistence (working with NGOs like Roots and Taghyeer in the West Bank) and within divided communities (collaborating with NGOs like Pico Union Project in Los Angeles and the Women’s Prison Association in New York City).

The Accompagnateur Workshops guide and teach participants to see members of different cultures and communities with clarity and compassion. Assigning each to photograph the other breaks barriers and provides the chance to literally see one another from a new perspective.

Saskia has presented her work at universities including Yale, Duke, Tufts, UCLA,Washington University, and New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. Her work has been on exhibit at Geneva’s Centre des Arts, UCLA, Los Angeles, and B’nai Jeshurun in New York City. She has been published in the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, UCLA’s Daily Bruin, Women Across Frontiers, and corporate annual reports including UBS and The END Fund.

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NGO Workshops

 

WEST BANK: ROOTS

The joint photo sessions for Palestinian and Israeli settler women take place at the heart of the conflict in the West Bank. They were envisioned to foster consideration, reconciliation and mutuality.

 

LOS ANGELES: PICO UNION PROJECT

With multiple immigrant communities in Pico Union (LA), the photo workshops brought together the diverse cultures and ethnic groups from the area in new ways.

 

The day-long workshops in the South Hills of Hebron (West Bank) offer Palestinian women the chance to work together in a way that allows self-actualization within their own cultural and religious environment.

 

NEW YORK CITY: WOMEN’S PRISON ASSOCIATION

The workshop includes ten justice-involved women in this advanced class to build self-identity, self-awareness and tools for competent communication. These women were selected for their desire to become advocates for criminal justice reform.

LONG ISLAND: S.T.R.O.N.G YOUTH

Through dialogue, photography, and storytelling we are able to share a more truthful perspective of youth confronted to gang violence and on the perils of living such a devastating lifestyle.

 

NGO Photojournalism

SYRIA: WE LOVE READING

Fosters a love for reading in young children in indigenous communities and Syrian refugee camps across Jordan, with ambitions to spread across the Middle East and around the world.

CONGO, IDJWI: THE END FUND

The END Fund in collaboration with Amani Global Works are working together in the Congolese island of Idjwi to implement a public-health program designed to control and eradicate neglected tropical disease (NTD).

INDIA: IBTADA

Organizes women into self-help groups that learn crucial skills such as effective farming, hygiene, sanitation, and negotiation skills so that they can train the next group of women.

What NGO partners have to say…


Published e-Books

Beyond Sides Toward Reconciliation was originally published as a chapter in an academic book, “Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogues for Peacebuilding and Stability’ IGI Global Press – (Publication: Spring 2019). Keeley’s chapter is a practical and pragmatic account of how poignant and revelatory photography workshops between contested communities around the world can be.

 
 

Through the Lens of Humanity documents the lives of Israeli settler women and Palestinian women who live in the West Bank, within arms reach of each other, across cultural and physical barriers that isolate them. Saskia's work brings her into the lives and the homes of both societies. She shares her story in pictures and words in this book.

 
 

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