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  • Fatima, Age 11, Vision: Future Surgeon

    <a href=" http://www.rescue.org/vision " target="_blank">Vision Not Victim</a> lets young girls conceptualize, design and star in their own photo shoot as their future self in their future career. <br><br>"In this image, I am examining an x-ray of a patient to see what is causing the pain in her chest. At this point in my life I am a well-respected surgeon in the region. I treat many patients, but the patient I care most about -- the one that drove me to be a doctor -- is my father, who has lots of medical issues. To be able to help my father, this makes me feel strong, powerful, and capable."
    Meredith Hutchison/International Rescue Committee
  • Fatima, Age 16, Vision: Future Architect

    The International Rescue Committee developed Vision Not Victim into a worldwide project. All quotes are from those pictured.<br><br> "I've always wanted to be an architect. Yet, when I was young people told me that this is not something a woman could achieve, and they encouraged me to pursue a more "feminine" profession. But I dreamt constantly of making beautiful homes for families, and designing buildings that bring people joy. Now that I've reached my vision, I hope I am a model for other girls -- showing them that you should never give up on your dream -- no matter what others say."
    Meredith Hutchison/International Rescue Committee
  • Muntaha, Age 12, Vision: Future Photographer

    "Since I was a young girl I loved taking people's photographs. I loved going to different events and documenting what was happening - both the good and bad. Now, as a professional photographer I use my images to inspire hope in others -- to encourage love and understanding."
    Meredith Hutchison/International Rescue Committee
  • Hiba, Age 9, Vision: Future Pediatrician

    "I have always wanted to help children, and this is what drove me to be a pediatrician. I am kind and loving, and therefore an excellent doctor that children can trust."
    Meredith Hutchison/International Rescue Committee
  • Merwa, Age 13, Vision: Future Painter

    "In this image, I am a popular painter, working on a landscape in oils. When I was younger, painting was a hobby -- but as I grew older I saw I had a great talent and went to art school. Now I have my own gallery where I sell my paintings and sculptures. My hope is that my artwork inspires peace in the world and encourages people to be kind to one another."
    Meredith Hutchison/International Rescue Committee
  • Sarah, Age 15, Vision: Future Fashion Designer

    "In the future I am a famous fashion designer -- creating chic clothing for women that makes them feel elegant. I design normal daywear that combines rough and soft fabrics, as well as formalwear and wedding dresses. I love fashion because it is a way for everyone to express themselves, and when it is done right, your clothing should make you feel special, beautiful, and confident."
    Meredith Hutchison/International Rescue Committee
  • Amani, Age 10, Vision: Future Pilot

    "I love planes. Even before I had ever been on a plane, I knew I wanted to be a pilot. Flying is adventurous and exciting. When I was younger, my brother always told me that a girl can't be a pilot, but I knew deep down this is what I wanted to do. I finished my studies and found a way to get to flight school. Now, not only do I get to live my dream, but I also get to help people travel, to see the world, and discover new places."
    Meredith Hutchison/International Rescue Committee
  • Fatima, Age 12, Vision: Future Teacher

    "In this image, it is the early morning and I am waiting in my classroom for my students to arrive. I teach younger children to read and write Arabic. I am a very compassionate and kind person, and so a perfect teacher. I am strict, but I go out of my way to gently help those students who are having difficulties."
    Meredith Hutchison/International Rescue Committee
  • Nour, Age 16, Vision: Future Lawyer

    "I want violence against women to end. I want women to be able to make decisions for the community, and say their opinion without fear. I want our society to open up and give space for women to be whoever they want to be. This is why I decided to become a lawyer. When I was younger, my mother told me I was courageous and truthful, and that I could be a great lawyer who fought injustice. I took her advice, and now I am a respected lawyer working on women's rights and defending women who are victims of domestic violence."
    Meredith Hutchison/International Rescue Committee
  • Malack, Age 16, Vision: Future Policewoman

    The Vision Not Victim project from the International Rescue Committee can be seen<a href="http://www.rescue.org/vision" target="_blank"> here.</a><br><br> "I've always wanted to be a policewoman because the police not only keep people safe, but they also create justice in society. Everyday I wake up, go to the station, and then head out into the city to see where I can help. I also work to inspire other young girls to become policewomen -- supporting them to dream about their future and thinking about how they will overcome obstacles."
    Meredith Hutchison/International Rescue Committee
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