about this project

1 in 3 females in the world – more than 1 billion women and girls – will be physically or sexually abused in their lifetime. This photography project looks at the remarkable people trying to change this statistic and end all forms of gender-based violence. It is an ongoing project of portraits and stories of people involved in ending violence against women, and is displayed as a series, highlighting the individual’s efforts and, at the same time, marking the depth and breadth of the current movement within an Australian context.

Somewhere on this planet right now a girl or woman is standing up for her rights, refusing to be cut or sold or beaten or raped or married off or denied school and resources…I have seen small shelters become huge organizations, grass-roots leaders become elected officials, and survivors who at one time could hardly speak above a whisper, confront world leaders. I have seen a taboo word become mainstream and a taboo subject take the front pages.

– Eve Ensler, 6 October 2009

about the subjects

This project aims to include remarkable women and men who are trying to end violence against women and girls. It will be seeking to include victims as advocates, people from indigenous and immigrant communities, lawyers, academics, artists, activists, students, counsellors, doctors, nurses, playwrights, criminologists, sociologists, singers, refugees – whoever the project reaches in a relevant way. The subjects will be based in and around the Sydney area, to reflect the ongoing efforts by one community.

If you would like to help support this project and the people involved, one of the easiest things to do – is to keep the conversation going. Try it by adding your comments to the profiles featured or post your support through social media, widening the circle of influence:

Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. 

                                                                       – Senator Robert F. Kennedy, 6 June 1966 (edited)

about the photographer

Diane Macdonald is an award-winning documentary and portrait photographer, with a Master of Documentary Photography and a keen interest in promoting women and girl’s rights. Her last project and exhibition, Positively Remarkable Women, was displayed in several locations in Sydney. She also works at the Australian Human Rights Centre, and is the Photo Editor for the Human Rights Defender.

about the editor

Jennie Orchard is an experienced editor and publisher, with strong links to the non-profit world and to women’s organisations. She was formerly the Development Director for Room to Read Australasia, raising millions of dollars to fund literacy initiatives and promote gender equality through education for children in ten developing countries in Asia and Africa.

about the biographers
Lucy Chipkin is a biographer who has recorded written and oral testimony for survivors of the Holocaust for the Sydney Jewish Museum.

Marygai Hayllar is an experienced biographer who has written the life stories of women in her family and also the biographies of four English Victorian women artists.

Maggie Drummond worked as a journalist for 15 years before moving into fundraising and development roles in the health sector in Australia. Among her many successes was the establishment of the Madeline Foundation which raises funds to support medical research at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead.


For media and press, please email: diane@dimacdonald.com

If you would like to contact one of the subjects individually, email positivelyremarkable@gmail.com  and we will put you in touch.



  1. Betty Green is valiantly trying to introduce Domestic Homicide Reviews into parts of Australia. These reviews in England have started to reveal and record the histories of individuals, mostly women, who have led lives severely compromised by controlling and violent abusers and who were ultimately killed by these abusers. These histories were not recorded before since the narrative of the State processes like the Trial and the Inquest were populated primarily by the perpetrator. There has always been a barrister for the defendant and one for the State but none for the victim. The detailed history of abuse is generally not revealed in State processes and so we learn from incomplete and inaccurate history. Until Domestic Homicide Reviews. Good luck Betty and my heart is warmed to know that you are working to establish these reviews. The stories of abused and killed women need to be recorded accurately and in detail so that we learn from accurate history.

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