Emily & Bob Hunter

Today’s My Father illustration is inspired by the story of Emily (daughter) & Bob Hunter (father). Emily is an environmental activist, filmmaker, speaker & author, also known as the ‚Äėeco-huntress‚Äô for the work she has done with‚Ä™#‚ÄéGreenpeace‚Ĩ & Sea Shepherd, inspiring millions to take responsibility for creating a more ‚Ä™#‚Äésustainable‚Ĩ ‚Ä™#‚Äéworld‚Ĩ.

‚ÄúMy first hero is my Dad‚Ķalways a strong central force in my life. He reminds me that anyone can be a visionary, not just people at the top. He was about having ideas and spirit and going for it. He made me see I could change the world. He was someone everyone could relate to, so down to earth‚Ķ a genuine human being trying to save something so big‚ÄĚ. Interestingly her father, Bob Hunter, one of Greenpeace founders, never pushed her to follow his direction, but rather to follow her dreams. It was during one of her trips abroad, at the age of 19, that she realized there were too many things not going right in the world and finally decided to become an environmentalist. She learnt from her parents that if she demands for change then she has to take part in the change-making process. At this important juncture in her life, she got informed that her father had terminal cancer. She went back home to Canada to spend as much time possible with him. “My Dad was amazed to hear what I had seen in such a short time and was happy that I had come to my own conclusion about becoming an environmentalist‚ÄĚ. What has probably influenced Emily the most is her father‚Äôs belief that even one person could help change the world. She says, ‚ÄúHe wanted to share ideas and empower people to become their own inspirations‚ÄĚ.
[Thanks to Maria Elena De Matteo for volunteering with “My Father illustrations‚Ĩ in writing this story. Follow her work @https://instagram.com/melenadem/ & @melenadem on Twitter]
Story sourced from: http://myhero.com/hero.asp?hero=Emily_Hunter_2010; http://www.ecorazzi.com/]

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Gasthini from Sri Lanka

“I am Gasthini from Sri Lanka. We are originally from Jaffna, an area which got affected by the war. My family had to move to Kandy. I have seen many twists & turns in life but one person who was always there with me for every rise & fall is my father. Without him I would not have had the courage to come this far – get my engineering degree and marry the love of my life. Love you Dad for who you are!”

Sri Lanka story

I am Amba from Jharkhand!

I am AMBA from Jharkhand.¬†I was in love with Salva. Wanted to marry him. But at the age of 16,¬†our next-door uncle, Bhiswa, brought me and my two younger sisters to this far-flung city. Now I work as domestic help to support my family.”

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AMBA¬†is the one of the¬†illustration from my¬†Epic Women series. In this illustrated series I have¬†developed stories of some of the leading women characters from Indian epics ‚Äď Ramayana and Mahabharata by presenting them in a modern context. My attempt is to draw a modern Indian woman using the skeletal outlines of the traditional female character. By drawing parallels between the old and the new, I want to create¬†a crosscurrent of narrative that highlights the ageless social crises faced by the women in India.