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Picture gallery “Make Human Rights Visible – Leave No One Behind!”

The pledge of the 2030 Agenda to “Leave No One Behind” is a call to action to ensure all people have a chance to participate economically and socially, but at the same time to respect the limitations of our planet. This is the only way to harness the full transformative potential of the 2030 Agenda.

A photo competition by GIZ on the occasion of International Human Rights Day 2016 resulted in more than 100 submissions from over 40 countries. In our gallery, you can have a look at the winning pictures.

  • Vocational training does not know any exclusion – Photo (c) GIZ/Michael Paulo

    Vocational training does not know any exclusion

    In Pakistan, transgender people are facing many obstacles in exercising their rights. Their access to education and employment is often curtailed. In Lahore, for the first time, a vocational school accepts students irrespective of their gender identity and sexual orientation. Arshii evenutally has the chance to get trained in tailoring.

    Photo (c) GIZ/Michael Paulo

  • Child working on dump site – Photo (c) GIZ/Klaus Ackermann

    Child working on dump site

    More than 260 million children and youth throughout the world do not go to school, and therefore have only very limited possibilities to build a better future for themselves and their families. Young people need equal access to their rights, protection and future prospects, in order to overcome situations like that captured by the photo – a child working on a dumpsite in Maputo, Mozambique.

    Photo (c) GIZ/Klaus Ackermann

  • Enthusiasm for Education – Photo (c) GIZ/Michael Paulo

    Enthusiasm for Education

    The picture shows Afghan children’s enthusiasm for education. Afghan people are tired of the war. And we have realised that the only way to improve the current situation and to pursue the path of sustainable development is education!

    Photo (c) GIZ/Shakoor Zeerak

  • Children out at sea – Photo (c) GIZ/Vilisi Naivalulevu

    Children out at sea

    Children of Kuyawa, Papua New Guinea, some as young as six years expertly manoeuver dugout canoes – the main form of transportation on the islands. These canoes are necessary for fishing and accessing essential services for these impoverished communities. The atoll island of Kuyawa is highly vulnerable due to limited natural resources such as fertile soil and water. GIZ supports the Kuyawa community in improving food and water security.

    Photo (c) GIZ/Vilisi Naivalulevu

  • Icon – Photo (c) GIZ/Pierre Ellßel


    The picture shows a widowed peasant in her wheat field in Arsi, Ethiopia. Her work in the field is tough, the crop yields often very modest. In order to improve living conditions for peasant farmers, GIZ is testing new sustainable farming practices on fields like hers.

    Photo (c) GIZ/Pierre Ellßel

  • Woman embracing her child – Photo (c) GIZ/Hakim Alipoor

    Woman embracing her child

    Women and girls have often been the worst victims of conflict. In Afghanistan, under the Taliban, women were banned from attending schools, riding bicycles, wearing brightly colored clothes, or laughing loudly. Islamic fundamentalism continues to influence the Afghan government’s policies on women’s rights. Violence against women and girls in the form of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse remains prevalent. For most women, little has changed since then. Despite some improvements, the literacy rate of women and girls is still very low. The only way to ensure women's rights and to truly empower women is by ensuring access to primary, secondary and higher education that will foster literacy, free thinking and knowledge of international human rights standards!

    Photo (c) GIZ/Hakim Alipoor

  • To fly a kite, to dream a life – Photo (c) GIZ/Joy Bailey

    To fly a kite, to dream a life

    Even when the closest and safest place to play is the neighborhood’s garbage dump, children find the chance to fly their kites. To ease the burdens of living in the slums, to be able to hope for greater things to come, to dream of unknown heights, a kite becomes a metaphor of life. GIZ strives to improve living conditions in its partner countries, like here in Bangladesh – and in doing so, we contribute to children being able to exercise their right to play.

    Photo (c) GIZ/Joy Bailey

  • Think globally – separate locally  – Photo (c) GIZ/Moritz Hohenthal

    Think globally – separate locally

    The broken glass on the picture and the barbed wire separate a scrap yard in Tuléar, Madagascar, from the surrounding residential area. At first sight, the picture may appear esthetical, but this perception changes once we learn that the glass and the wire are meant to prevent the residents of one of the poorest regions in the world from “gaining access” to the remnants of the Western world.

    Photo (c) GIZ/Moritz von Hohenthal

  • They are left behind. Are human rights exhausted in some corners of the universe? – Photo (c) GIZ/Aziz Khan

    They are left behind. Are human rights exhausted in some corners of the universe?

    This picture was taken in a remote village of Balochistan, Pakistan. The kids have never been to school; some do not even own shoes. They collect the water from the same watershed where animals drink. Rainwater is the only means of survival. The world will be heavily pulled down while flying upwards if these humans are being left behind.

    Photo (c) GIZ/Aziz Khan

  • Long walk – Photo (c) GIZ/Mónica Puma

    Long walk

    This girl, living on Amanti Island in Lake Titicaca in Peru, and her four-legged companion share the same destiny. We strive to change this, and emphasise again and again that children have the right to rest, leisure and play, and to an adequate standard of living.

    Photo (c) GIZ/Mónica Puma

  • Is someone left behind here? – Photo (c) GIZ/Kai Schmidt

    Is someone left behind here?

    Guinea is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world. More than half of the population live below the national poverty line. When playing together, the children make sure that no one is left behind. Yet, many of them are left behind themselves, are being impeded from accessing education. Guinea has not achieved the MDG to ensure universal primary education. We must take into account those furthest behind before it is too late, we must make sure as early as possible that no one is abandoned or marginalised.

    Photo (c) GIZ/Kai Schmidt

  • Education for all – Photo (c) GIZ/Nadine Seiler

    Education for all

    Over 71 percent of Burkina Faso’s population is illiterate – the rate being one of the highest in the world. The good news is: More and more children go to school today. The bad news: hopelessly overcrowded classrooms, a lack of teaching material, frequently cancelled lessons. The difficult learning conditions also persist outside school: The two girls Ewa and Naseera have no other choice than to do their homework in the heat, dust and noise of a market in Ouagadougou. The picture is an inspiration and warning at once – a warning, because the path to equal access to education for all is still long.

    Photo (c) GIZ/Nadine Seiler

  • Fallacy – Photo (c) GIZ/Juliane Weymann


    This picturesque setting holds something delusory. Since the Liberian capital Monrovia is surrounded by marshlands, there is a lack of space that forces many people to build their homes on this rough ground. The water is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, germs and other diseases. People live far away from safe water sources. During the rainy season, they can lose their home at any moment. But they have no choice.

    Photo (c) GIZ/Juliane Weymann

August 2017


Beatriz Acosta
3 October 2017

Superlative pictures to trigger a global talk and take action.

Tiurma Simanjuntak M.Si
15 September 2017

And then we realize how bad situations were, in or outside the box. Hope the solution appears soon; so my father will not dying

mubarak inuwa
7 September 2017

It very essential, for every alumni deutschland member, to have his/her personal photography, so that a true picture and image of such person, could be viewed visibly.If there is tendency of lack of clear identity of the members, there might likely be a problem of uncertainty.Especially, that some of the members are not living in the same country or continent.

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