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.
This is the story of the first stage of the 3-stage capacity building programme which aims to pilot Participatory Video as a tool for community development in the Ayeyarwady Delta in Myanmar. Local facilitators were trained to use participatory video to enable horizontal information sharing, provide a forum for participatory decision-making and a communication tool for local advocacy. View the photo story here: http://bit.ly/1Dmgrdt
In August 2013, representatives from four villages in the Delta region of Myanmar joined a training programme in facilitating participatory video. This unique capacity-building programme was the first of its kind in Myanmar. It was designed to provide trainees with all the technical and facilitation skills necessary to undertake participatory video processes, within their communities.
During 7 months, 12 adolescent girl trainees in each country learnt how to use participatory video combined with the Most Significant Change Technique to support 450 other girls to share their stories of change. At the end of the process, the girl trainees -who became strong video girl leaders- analysed the 64 collected video stories of change (32 per country), collected notes from the process, and presented the results and recommendations to the program implementers and donor in video reports.
In January 2011, a group of representatives from Nigerien non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on climate adaptation and human rights in Niger were brought together for a participatory video workshop. During the training, two short films were produced illustrating community based adaptation initiatives supported by UNDP in two respective villages in the Dakoro commune. This training was supported by UNDP/GEF Community-BASED adaptation (CBA) programme.
Phil Borges and his crew interviewed the InsightShare team and trainees participating in our PV M&E Initiative in Guatemala for his documentary on prevention of violence against women, commissioned by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, administered by UN Women.
'A Rights-Based Approach to Participatory Video: toolkit' has been assembled to provide the first few stepping stones for practitioners of participatory video to begin introducing a rights-based approach into their practice. The toolkit (published on 11th June 2010) is FREE to download here as a dynamic PDF.
The residents of Permisan village (East Java, Indonesia) have harvested fish from the ponds for generations, but since an environmental disaster at the Lapindo Brantas gas mining site in May 2006, the area has suffered vast eruptions of volcanic mud, burying nearby villages and displacing thousands. This Photostory describes the process by which the residents of Permisan created their film 'Living on a Poisonous Stream'.
The residents of Permisan village near the Porong river in East Java have been harvesting fish from their ponds for generations, but since an environmental disaster at the Lapindo Brantas gas mining site in May 2006, the area has been suffering from vast eruptions of volcanic mud, which have buried nearby villages and displaced thousands of people.