Respect for human rights is implicit in everything we do. With camera in hand, the vulnerable and marginalised can be better equipped to access their rights because, through making a film, they can debate, discuss, develop their ideas on what change they want, how they will get it and what is necessary action now. Here are some examples.
During this participatory video project, a group of young people from Oxfordshire explored what it means to them to live in a democratic country and what young people can do to act for change. After they had learned how to plan and shoot a video, they asked themselves and other youth on the streets of Oxford: if you were a change maker, what would you change in our society?
UNICEF Sierra Leone has been exploring the linkages between education and peace building through targeted actions such as the Child Friendly Schools action research programme. The Child Friendly Schools initiative is a multi-dimensional concept of quality that addresses the total needs of the child as a learner.
A group of formerly homeless people, students and staff members of two NGOs took on the challenge to document what it is like to be homeless in Oxford, the least affordable city in the UK. The team used action research and participatory video techniques to explore the diversity of causes of homelessness, the complexity of people’s struggles and how to break down harmful stereotyping.
In 2014, we collaborated with Impact Ready on an external evaluation of UN Women's Economic Empowerment portfolio. Our Head of PV for M&E, Soledad Muniz, lead a PV and Most Significant Change Evaluation process in Moldova, with support from our Associate Rebecca Morahan. The case study revealed unexpected results that strongly contributed to the overall evaluation and putting women's voices at its centre.
In May-June 2014, the University of East Anglia invited InsightShare to conduct a training programme in participatory video facilitation for its researchers engaged in the ESRC-funded 'Conservation, Markets and Justice Research Programme'. A two-stage training and mentoring programme was developed for the researchers coming from the UK, Tanzania, Bolivia and China. The training was delivered in Norwich, UK and Kilwa District, Tanzania.
In 2013, representatives from communities in the Ayeyarwady Delta region of Myanmar (Burma) were trained in facilitating participatory video processes. The ground-breaking capacity-building programme was the first of its kind in Myanmar, and is one of only two examples of participatory video known to have ever taken place in the country.
A participatory video made by the London Refugee Women's Forum: sharing their stories of the asylum process, representing their campaign against destitution amongst asylum seekers, and documenting their visit to parliament.
Human rights defenders, activists, civil society leaders and representatives from non-governmental organisations discuss the challenges they face in countries across southern Africa and beyond. It features interviews covering a range of countries and contexts, and includes an interview with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai.
This newsletter is packed with: exciting news about our meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, reports from the latest edition of our UK-based training of trainers and a capacity building programme in Myanmar, links to new videos, photo stories and publications and more.
This is a presentation on some of the key methodological learning, strengths and challenges of using Participatory Video in gender-based violence programming and to support adolescent girls and women evaluate programming in which they are key actors.