February 17, 2016 4:31 pm
Updated: February 17, 2016 5:08 pm

‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ Campaign allows Syrian girls to dream big

WATCH: Syrian girls direct their own photo shoot, posing as future selves.


Life isn’t easy for Syrian girls who’ve fled the conflict in Syria to Jordan’s refugee camps, but like anybody else, they have aspirations for the future.

That’s the message of the Vision Not Victim Campaign by the International Rescue Committee. Organizers say the campaign is aimed at allowing the girls to dream like never before.

Photographer Meredith Hutchison captured pictures of the refugees in Jordan, who were given the opportunity to direct and star in their own photo shoot.

They mapped out their future selves and were connected with female mentors. Some dressed up as doctors or architects, in an attempt to realize their full potential.

Photo courtesy Meredith Hutchison

Hutchison says most of the girls her team works with are vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse. They are never asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” she added.

Photo courtesy Meredith Hutchison

“That is why we created this program and why something like this is so important – to not only keep girls safe from violence, but to allow them the space to build their lives and their future around themselves.”

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