SAVING CHILDREN'S AND MOTHER'S LIVES
PARTICIPATORY PHOTOGRAPHY AS A TOOL FOR SOCIAL CHANGE Training Kicks off in Pax Lodge in London
17 participants from 17 countries have arrived to 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.
The project aims to teach and empower girls and young women aged 15-24 to use photography as a way of exploring the state of child and maternal health issues in their communities, and a tool for social change, which will amplify their voices locally and internationally through showcasing their photos in exhibitions. It is an excellent opportunity to be part of the global efforts to save children’s and mothers’ lives and raise awareness in your community and globally. The project will consist of three tiers:
- Training of leaders in Pax Lodge, London
- Workshops organized by trained leaders for 10-15 girls and young women in MO countries
- Exhibitions/events of the girls’ and young women’s photographs
During the training the Participants will:
- Explore the state of child and maternal health
- Enhance their skills in facilitation, leadership and advocacy
- Emerge into the exciting world of participatory photography
- Learn how to work safely with emotions
- Learn how to set up and run events/exhibitions and much more
Photography is a highly flexible tool that crosses cultural and linguistic barriers and can be adapted to all abilities. Its power lies in its dual role as an art form and a means to record facts. It is an excellent way to define realities, communicate perspectives and raise awareness of important social and global issues. Its ease of dissemination encourages sharing and increases the potential to generate dialogue and discussion.
Continuing in its proud tradition of empowering girls and young women to speak out and 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.
Details of the Event
Venue: Pax Lodge, London, UK
Date: 13-17 May 2013
PhotoVoice’s vision is for a world in which no one is denied the opportunity to speak out and be heard. Working in partnerships with other charities, NGOs and community organisations PhotoVoice designs and delivers tailor-made participatory photography, digital storytelling and self-advocacy projects for socially excluded groups.
PhotoVoice has implemented projects with organizations, such as Amnesty International, World Vision, UNICEF, Save the Children, and others and has won a number of awards for its work.