phil borges

a global movement to
empower women and girls

About

At STIRRING THE FIRE: a global movement to empower women and girls our goal is to raise awareness about the issues women and girls face and ultimately inspire individuals to get involved.

When viewing the STIRRING THE FIRE exhibition and multimedia documentaries you will learn about the issues facing woman and girls worldwide. The stories of remarkable women reveal the practical pathways that helped them achieve social and economic justice.

By visiting the Call to Action you will find the organizations and resources to help you contribute toward global gender equality. STIRRING THE FIRE provides a variety of choices for involvement such as internships, study abroad programs, creative volunteer opportunities and political advocacy. We can match your interests with the right organization!

All of the women’s stories featured in the STIRRING THE FIRE exhibition are told by social documentary photographer Phil Borges. Phil met the women and girls that are featured in the exhibition while documenting projects for NGO's (non-governmental organizations) like Amnesty International, CARE, International Campaign For Tibet, One HEART, GEMS and ReSurge. To view the latest STIRRING THE FIRE documentaries visit Phil’s website here

His book, WOMEN EMPOWERED: inspiring change in the emerging world, with a forward by Madeleine Albright, documents women from developing countries who have broken through barriers of tradition and oppression to become catalysts of change in their communities. Through the photos and inspirational stories of these women, Borges hopes to bring the issue of global gender inequality to a new level of awareness.

Meet The Stirring The Fire Team

phil borges

Phil Borges


Social Documentary Photographer/Filmmaker


Social documentary photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges has documented indigenous and tribal cultures around the world for more than 25 years. His work opened his eyes to the amount of discrimination and oppression of women and girls in developing countries, inspiring him to become a strong advocate for empowering women and girls with the support they need to make a difference in their lives and communities.
Julee Geier

Julee Geier


Program Director


Julia Geier handles publicity and co-manages the social media for Stirring the Fire. For the past 20 years she has been the studio manager and publicist for Phil Borges Studio.
Justine Esquivel

Justine Esquivel


Director of Communication and Development


Justine is the newest member of the STF Team. Before joining STF, she worked both locally and abroad in women's advocacy, for profit and nonprofit business management, communication, and media. All of those experiences opened her eyes to the incredible power of collaboration, storytelling and media to create long-lasting positive change in the advancement of women and girls. As STF's Director of Communication and Development she is responsible for the internal business as well as working with the women's organizations throughout the pre-production process.
Sandy Jeglum

Sandy Jeglum


Workshop and Media Producer


Sandy has been a photographers "digital lab" for the last eight years and has worked with Phil on Stirring the Fire since before its inception. As the STF Workshop and Media Producer, she is involved in the entire creative process; from assisting with the collection of visual and audio assets, making sure the computers operate smoothly, to managing all aspects of the post production.
Barbara Cox

Barbara Cox


Curator


Barbara Cox, with her company photokunst, has been involved with photography as a consultant to cause-oriented photographers, photojournalists and major photo archives including the New York Times. She acts as a book and licensing agent and works with publishers, museums, galleries and the media.

photokunst is traveling the multi media photography exhibition "Stirring the Fire" to educational institutions globally.
Dax Borges

Dax Borges


Web Designer & Developer


Dax graduated from the University of Denver with a double major in Digital Media Studies and Electronic Media Arts. He is the Principle at the web design and development company, Dax Digital Design. Dax is responsible for the design, development and maintenance of the Stirring The Fire website.