By Sohela Nozeen
The Center for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) based at BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, organized a unique photo exhibit, “Caring Men Images,” this past summer at the Dhaka Art Center. The exhibition offers a vision of men that is not commonly seen—men engaged in looking after their family members by providing childcare and care to the elderly and disabled. The photos on display were generated from a competition among 21 professional and amateur Bangladeshi photographers and included 97 images and two video stories.
Thanks to Marufa Akter Mimi
A Happy Family
Photo by Md. Rashedur Rahman
Rashedur captured the story of a pharmacist who takes care of his children and his wife (who works as a school teacher) and enjoys fatherhood immensely.
Many Faces of Love
Photo by A J Ghani
From a series of photos by A J Ghani from areas in North Bengal afflicted by extreme poverty. These show how men and women work together both at home and outside in areas affected by river erosion to build a life together. It shows men performing tasks which normally Bangladeshi men do not perform—especially in rural areas—helping their wives and encouraging women to take leisure time.
In My Father’s Shoes
Photo by Rahul Kumar Das
It is a part of a series where Rahul captured his relationship with his elderly father who is paralyzed. His story was about how he has come to play the role of the father and take care of his father, as his father had of him when Rahul was a child.