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Project News: VWR Workshop Participants Make their Own Visual Campaigns

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

Video: Talking about Domestic Violence

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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.

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VWR Participant Profile: Farah Abdel Sater

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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.

VWR Participant Profile: Dima Alashram

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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.

What happened at the Visualising Women's Rights workshop?

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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.

The Girl Effect Parodied

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Visualisation techniques can make your data really accessible and clear but if not used properly, they can also tell your story wrong, complicate your message or oversimplify an issue. This is the case with the first video of the “Girl Effect”, a campaign created by the Nike Foundation to raise money for girls education in developing countries.

Animation and Comics: The Adventures of Salwa

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The Adventures of Salwa is a campaign from IndyAct Lebanon to tackle sexual harassment and get girls and women to fight back and defend themselves (which the lead character, Salwa, quite literally does with her red handbag as her weapon).

Photography: The Blank Noise Project

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The idea that the way a woman dresses invites sexual harassment or rape is a familiar one. It is used as a means to undermine survivors' allegations in court cases, in the media and by perpetrators themselves to justify their actions. The Blank Noise Project in India challenges these preconceptions, arguing that if this is really the case, then why do women in everyday, non-revealing clothing still have harassment stories to tell?

Photography: End Female Genital Mutilation

Amnesty International's campaign against Female Genital Mutilation

This is one of a series of three posters for Amnesty International's campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM). The three different posters, each showing a different coloured rose, with different stitching, show the variations of FGM across the world.

Map: Land in Dispute

The Shrinking Map of Palestine

This series of images was published in the London Times article titled “Truth in Mapping”, 5 May 2006. It uses a series of maps to show the changes in the territorial boundaries between Israel and Palestine from 1917 to 2006.

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