WAGGGS launching first part of Photography as a tool for social change training with event in London

10 May 2013


Where: Pax Lodge, London, United Kingdom

When: 13-17 May 2013

17 participants from 17 countries will London to start their journey on saving children’s and mother’s lives. 

WAGGGS has partnered with Photovoice – a photography charity - to implement this initiative on child and maternal health in line with the 2013 World Thinking Day themes of MDGs 4 and 5.


Continuing in its proud tradition of empowering girls and young women to speak out
photovoiceand become active citizens of their community, WAGGGS will organize a training on participatory photography at Pax Lodge World Centre in London. Participants will be provided with all the necessary equipment, including individual cameras.  The workshop will introduce participants to digital photography and visual literacy, and to techniques of storytelling and documentary.

Following full training and issue-specific preparation on child and maternal health from PhotoVoice and WAGGGS, the volunteers will travel back to their counties and deliver training with groups of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in their country.

At the end of the workshops, the work from all groups will be evaluated and the best photographs (identified through a participatory approach) will be selected for exhibitions in their local communities, as well as at international events where WAGGGS will be represented. (e.g. UN events, online platforms), to stimulate greater support for implementation of MDGs 4 and 5 and greater understanding of the roles girls and young women can and should play in development.


The project will establish a pool of trained trainers, who will act as experts and resource persons to support delivering the programme to young women and to set up projects on photography as a tool for communication and advocacy.

  • These trainers will initially deliver training to girls and young women aged 15-24, who will be empowered to use photography to identify the most urgent issues in their community, express their vision and speak out.
  • At least 10 exhibitions/events will be organized with MOs and at a global level, to ensure the voice of young women on the issue of child mortality and maternal health is heard
  • Toolkit to use photography as a tool for communications and advocacy will be developed and distributed.  Organizations unable to attend the first training of trainers sessions will receive guidance from the established pool of experts composed of the volunteers trained through this project.

Click here to learn more about our Photography as a Tool for Social Change initiative!

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