In 2000 the editor of Amnesty International's magazine, C2 Angela Robson, commissioned me to take photgraphs for an exhibition in collaboration with Moroccan womens associations to highlight their struggle. This is a selection of work exhibited at the Amberden gallery in Hampstead in 2000, reviewed in the local Ham and High newspaper and on the BBC World service. I wanted to capture images not only from the cities but also from the remote area's where illiteracy rates were 80% . This particular series were taken in the Berber villages high in the Atlas Mountains. This work was in sharp contrast to the images of women in the cities who were coming to centres to report domestic violence and gain basic educational skills. In this series I wanted to capture something of the sensuality of their culture, the use of henna on the hands, the ritual of tea drinking, the mother daugher relationship.

© 2017 Helen Sheehan