Visualising Women's Rights - participants en Project News: VWR Workshop Participants Make their Own Visual Campaigns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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"</p> <p>1. Animating Queer Issues</p> <p>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 help available to the queer community.</p> <p>This project is being developed by the Beirut-based collective, <a href="" target="_blank">Meem</a>.</p> <p>2. Provoking questions about honour killings in Palestine</p> <p>Animated television spots provoking public debate and about honour killings and pressuring policy makers to enforce laws to protect women. The spots will be shown on the networks of 8 West Bank governorates.</p> <p>The spots are part of a campaign by the <a href="" target="_blank">Psycho Social Counselling Centre for Women</a> in Palestine.</p> <p>3. Confronting homophobia in Palestine</p> <p>A set of illustrated postcards confronting homophobia and refuting common stereotypes of and attitudes towards the lesbian and gay community. Palestinian lesbian rights group, <a href="" target="_blank">Aswat</a> is working with a local artist to develop the visuals for this campaign and will be distributing the postcards at events and in public spaces in Palestine.</p> <p>4. Mapping sexual harrassment in Yemen</p> <p>This campaign aims to encourage Yemeni women to speak out about their experiences of harrassment in the streets of Yemen and to show the scale of the problem on a national crowdmap.&nbsp;</p> <p>This mapping project is being developed by Yemeni based group, Kefaia.</p> <p>5. Campaign against honour killings in Iraq</p> <p>This campaign, entitled "Let Us Break the Chains: No to Violence Against Women", has already begun with the development of a poster which was distributed all over the Duhok province. The second stage will include a short public service announcement.</p> <p>This project is being implemented by the <a href="" target="_blank">Kurdistan Civil Rights Organisation</a> in Iraq.</p> </div> </div> </div> campaigns microgrants participants visual workshop Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:52:48 +0000 faith 109 at VWR Participant Profile: Farah Abdel Sater <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-82" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/vwr-participant-profile-farah-abdel-sater"><img src="" alt="Farah Abdel Sater" title="Farah Abdel Sater" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="125" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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 <a href="" target="_blank">United Nations Youth Association of Lebanon</a> (UNYA Leb) in Beirut where she is the president today.</p> <p>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 Visualising Women's Rights in the Arab World (VWR) workshop because, although she has never focussed solely on women's rights, it is something she cares about deeply especially with regard to Arab women's involvement in the cultural and political sphere and the representation of women in the media. She finds it frustrating that although there are women occupying important positions as thought-leaders and change-makers in Lebanon, they are still portrayed as objects in the media, and their physical appearance is focussed on more than their achievements.</p> <p>Last year, she headed a campaign called<a href="" target="_blank"> She Blogs Lebanon</a>, an online campaign designed to rally young local female bloggers and journalists in paralel to UNDP's campaign around the right to nationality and full citizenship for women in Lebanon. Although the Lebanese constitution stipulates equality between the sexes, this is not upheld in many legal and cultural practices, says Farah. In the case of this campaign, women cannot pass their nationality onto their children or husband but a man can pass it on after a year of being married to a foreign women. She Blogs Lebanon ran for 3 months and included a Facebook profile awareness raising exercise as well as the blog.</p> <p>Farah applied to attend our workshop in Jordan with a solid campaign idea around the feminisation of the Arabic language. She says, “We have a very big problem in Arabic, it's very stiff, it's not evolving and I really want to see change.” While there are masculine and feminine forms of most employment titles, words such as “president” "depute" and “doctor” do not have a feminine version (normally created by adding the Arabic letter “T marbouta”) in the classical Arabic language used by the media and administrative authorities. Farah was inspired to create a campaign around this issue after an incident in a certain public office where she was looking for the president administrative person and couldn't find her because she thought she was looking for a man. "French and German languages have gone through changes, we should do the same, starting with the media” says Farah.&nbsp;</p> <p>In December, after the workshop, Farah has contacted Ms.Farah Salka, the head of <a href="">Nasawiya</a>, the Lebanon-based feminist collective, to partner on this campaign with her. She wants this campaign to be visual, possibly including animation. She has plans to use what she learnt at the VWR in multiple ways. She says “What I learnt was really life-changing. Now I know how I need visualisation, how much I can help the graphic designer in my organisation fine tune his ideas, “ which she says she is already doing through UNYA's development of an interactive, visual website showing data related to youth and civil education in Lebanon. She is also organising a training course in September for 40 to 50 youth from Europe and the Arab world on online ctivism and visualisation, for which she will be using Tactical Tech's toolkits as well as the skills she gained at VWR.&nbsp;</p> <p>Follow Farah on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> or read her blog, <a href="" target="_blank">Farah Has A Lot to Say</a>.</p> <p><em>Image: Supplied by Farah Abdel Sater. </em></p> </div> </div> </div> participants visualisation women's rights Mon, 07 Feb 2011 22:13:53 +0000 faith 83 at