Shirin Neshat
This blog has primarily featured the visualisations of information in advocacy campaigns but what about the work of artists that use different emotional and visual tactics to move and influence the way we think about an issue? The work of Iranian-American artist, Shirin Neshat is a good example of how this happens. When you watch a video like Turbulent by Shirin Neshat, or the photographs in her series Women of Allah, many things begin to happen at once. Your senses are overwhelmed by the stark, riveting forms her work presents, and the ideas you've had about femininity, and femininity in...
Posted by maya on Mon, 03/10/2011 - 21:26
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It has been a year since we started this blog as a space to record and share examples of visualisations from (and about) the Arab region and around the world about women's rights. The blog was primarily intended to be a sort of curricular introduction for participants at our December workshop in Jordan, and then after that we've continued to share examples within this intriguing area of work. After the workshop we opened up a competitive application process to workshop participants to apply for microgrants to support the development of visual elements of new campaigns on women's rights. We're...
Posted by maya on Mon, 03/10/2011 - 18:20
After the Visualising Women's Rights workshop in December 2010, we invited participants to apply for financial support towards some of the costs of developing and implementing a visual advocacy campaign. After a competitive selection and review process, five microgrant awards were given to develop the following campaigns" 1. Animating Queer Issues An animation about the adventures of Abdo, a gender queer boy and his journey of self-discovery after his parents, worried about his dress and behaviour, send him for counselling.The animation aims to raise awareness about the kinds of psychological...
Posted by faith on Thu, 11/08/2011 - 18:22
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This recent campaign video from South African women's rights organisation, People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA), confronts the long standing problem of domestic violence being ignored by those who witness it. Why we like it It creates a potently uncomfortable message for a South African audience watching this "social experiment" taking place in a generic, middle-class housing complex in Johannesburg. It quickly disarms the viewer and dispels the belief that domestic violence only happens in communities of a particular economic status/class/race. The DIY, home-recorded quality of the ad also...
Posted by faith on Thu, 04/08/2011 - 18:38
The Gaza Reels
In how many different ways is it possible to depict a problem that is more than sixty years old? Resistance to the Israeli occupation of Palestine has generated powerful, inventive and creative visual campaigns, and Gaza Reels by animator Anna Shevchenko, is one of the latest in a distinguished line-up. Why We Like It Following from the powerful Closed Zone, Gaza Reels describes the continuing blockade of the Gaza Strip despite the recent opening up of the border at Rafah on Gaza's southern border with Egypt, and the only land crossing out of Gaza not controlled by Israel. (The film was...
Posted by maya on Mon, 18/07/2011 - 13:16
Date: 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2011 Location: Facebook Event: Thousands of statuses praising for the first time the role of the Arab women not only as nurturing mothers, loving sisters or girlfriends, but in inspiring, organizing and leading the revolutions which have led to dethroning dictators in the Middle East and North Africa (Ben Ali and Mubarak) and are still expected to topple more monarchs and despots in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and to change the status quo in Lebanon and Palestine. Since the beginning of 2011 the Arab world has been witnessing massive...
Posted by maya on Tue, 26/04/2011 - 15:24
Farah Abdel Sater
Farah Abdel Sater, now 24, became involved in civil society at the age of 16 when she started teaching French to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Since then she has volunteered for a number of NGOs and projects advocating for social change in Lebanon. In 2009, she founded the United Nations Youth Association of Lebanon (UNYA Leb) in Beirut where she is the president today. In addition to her role there, Farah is engaged in many other activities such as blogging and journalism. Recently, she has been covering news on the protests in Cairo for Common Ground News. Farah applied to attend the...
Posted by faith on Tue, 08/02/2011 - 03:43
Machsom Watch Site
On a cold February morning in 2001, five pioneering Israeli women - Ronnee Jaeger, Adi Kuntsman, Yehudit Keshet, Yael Lavi-Jenner and Stephanie Black - arrived at Checkpoint 300 between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Inspired by similar actions in Guatemala, Ronnee Jaeger encouraged this group of women, who saw themselves as subversive and radical, to challenge the Israeli military on it's own ground. The five women who started Machsom Watch had a clear agenda - to monitor the behaviour of the military, monitor (and protect) Palestinian Human Rights and bear witness to what was happening. '...
Posted by maya on Wed, 05/01/2011 - 20:08
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Dima attended the Visualising Women's Rights workshop in order to gain exposure to new techniques she might use in the creation of a communications strategy for her organisation in Jordan, Ruwwad, The Arab Foundation for Sustainable Development. She has been working as the Communication and Evaluation officer there for the last 3 months; having recently graduated with a postgrad degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development. Ruwwad is a local NGO that empowers youth and promotes civic engagement to empower marginalised communities. They work on various women's rights issues...
Posted by faith on Wed, 22/12/2010 - 22:32
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“Inspiring”, “diverse”, “useful”, “new” “creative”, “fun”, “challenging” and “exciting” are some of the words used by participants of the Visualising Women's Rights in the Arab World (VWR) workshop, to describe their experience. Conceptualised and organised by Tactical Tech and hosted at the community-run Feynan EcoLodge in a remote location in the Jordanian desert, the workshop brought together 44 activists working on a variety of women's rights issues in the Arab region for a 3-day adventure of skill-share and learning around the subject of visual advocacy. Here, participants were able to...
Posted by faith on Mon, 20/12/2010 - 21:13