Participatory Video is a means of realising a rights based approach. InsightShare enables groups to define and discover their own homeknown rights and initiates homegrown campaigns for change. Here are some examples of Participatory Video projects integrating the Human Rights Based Approach.
The Batwa are an indigenous people of the Great Lakes region of tropical Africa. Formerly hunter-gatherers, they were expelled from their ancestral forests to make way for conservation and tourism projects. They experience extreme racial discrimination from their neighbours, poverty, landlessness and unequal access to education and healthcare.
This is a visual record of the Participatory Video process behind the production 'Avec Nous' - a powerful film giving voice to women and men, mothers and fathers, midwives and community activists in Burkina Faso.
This short clip shows the Kisoro District Regional Commissioner make concrete commitments to help improve the situation for the Batwa people of South West Uganda, in particular helping them with land claims and rights to education.
In 2005, InsightShare used participatory video as a tool for working with an HIV-positive community group in M'deka, Malawi. The 3-day project was carried out in partnership with the Malawi branch of GOAL, an Irish non-governmental organisation (NGO) that has been setting up these groups as a way of helping HIV-positive people support one another and change attitudes in the community with regard to knowing/communicating one's status.
‘Play your Part’ is a Participatory Video made by the Tanzanian White Ribbon Alliance to address issues of Safe Motherhood in Tanzania. The film has been shown at national and international conferences and on Tanzanian television.
Article published by IFIP (International Funders for Indigenous Peoples) as part of the Sharing Circle newsletter (Volume 7, Issue 1) in the summer of 2006. Features an interview with Nick Lunch (Co-Founder & Co-Director) of InsightShare during the IFIP Annual Conference and the 5th UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Article by Catherine Setchell