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. This campaign utilises one of the most evocative visual metaphors we have found thus far. The intent of the visual is clear: Amnesty wants to provoke an emotional response from the viewers so that they will pledge support for the campaign to bring a stop to this activity in countries where it is legal. The striking, high angle photograph...
Posted by faith on Mon, 20/09/2010 - 11:54
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. Why We Like It This series of images demonstrates how maps can reveal far more than geography: illuminating complex political and social issues between nations and different groups of people. The visual shrinking of Palestinian land gives a clear representation of an issue which is so hotly debated and controversial in the media. It cleverly uses a very neutral title, “...
Posted by faith on Thu, 16/09/2010 - 13:15
Gender Violence
This info-graphic was presented as a screen shot in the Global Health Magazine. The graphic depicts figures as high as 90% (Jordan) of women aged 15-49 responding in the affirmative when asked if a husband or partner is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances. The information in the graph comes from the UNICEF's Child Info website: Monitoring the Situation of Women and Children. Why We like it Visually there is a nice play on the traditional pie chart with the jagged lines foregrounding the harshness of the subject. Furthermore, this visualisation...
Posted by faith on Wed, 15/09/2010 - 04:17
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To generate social dialogue on the ban against women driving in Saudi Arabia, Areej Khan, a Saudi artist and graphic designer living in the US, created this innovative sticker campaign.The project received news media attention in Saudi Arabia and in the US and created plenty of discussion online. "Most of the people participating on the Facebook page are against women driving," said Areej. "There’s back and forth and debate on the group. I had to be prepared that I can’t control what this is at the end. It’s about finding a solution as community, not what I think or am attached to." How it...
Posted by faith on Mon, 23/08/2010 - 19:10
Lift the Seige on Gaza
As part of a larger campaign to demand that Israel lift the siege on Gaza, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem) launched a short animated clip, “Lift the Siege on Gaza”. The animation, created by Alon Simone, challenged the effectiveness of this siege on the grounds that Israel's attempt to cripple Hamas is actually serving to enrich them. The animation shows how goods that are not allowed to enter Gaza from Israel are smuggled into the country from Egypt through tunnels where Hammas collects money on them. Why we like it   In just...
Posted by faith on Fri, 20/08/2010 - 21:16
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Lebanese graphic designer and illustrator Maya Zhankoul refers to her blog, Amalgam, as “a place to release the tensions created by daily hassles, or simply to tell stories of my daily life through fast illustrations.” She illustrates her thoughts, reflections and experiences from her life, often communicating important social issues. In an interview with us, she says: “The character is a presentation of myself, like an illustrated diary, where I tell stories of what happens to me during the day, mostly problems that happen during the day. Mostly Lebanese problems.” She goes on, “I started to...
Posted by faith on Fri, 20/08/2010 - 20:56
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The bustling, colourful streets of Cairo are infamous for being unsafe for women. According to the Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights, street based sexual harassment has become part of women's everyday lives and conversations. ECWR found that 83% of Egyptian women and 93% of foreign women reported being harassed by men on the streets; 62% of men admitted to harassing women. The organisation wanted to come up with a way for women to report on harassment anonymously, and at the same time collate data that would show how prevalent the problem is in Egypt across different strata of society. This...
Posted by faith on Thu, 19/08/2010 - 16:23
The Khede Kasra campaign
The immensely popular and internationally recognised, Khede Kasra campaign, raised awareness about gender equality in Lebanon and in the Arabic language in general by focusing on a simple symbol; the symbol in Arabic that makes a word female or clear that something is addressed to a woman. Wanting to address large-scale gender inequality in Lebanese society through their Women Empowerment Program, the Hariri Foundation worked with advertising agency Leo Burnett to conceptualise this campaign which drew people's attention to how at the very base of society, the daily Arabic vocabulary...
Posted by faith on Mon, 16/08/2010 - 00:50
This blog is about visualising information; it looks at how techniques like information design, mapping, animation and illustration can be used to express social and political issues and push for change. More specifically, we'll be blogging about the way that visual techniques are used, and could be used in the future, by women's rights advocates and NGOs in the Arab World to represent their information and to inform and mobilise others. The blog forms a backdrop for “Visualising Women's Rights in the Arab World,” an initiative to strengthen the use of such visual techniques by women's rights...
Posted by faith on Sun, 01/08/2010 - 19:57