Visualising Women's Rights - India en Video: Talking about Domestic Violence <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-108" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/video-talking-about-domestic-violence"><img src=" shot 2011-08-04 at 3.55.30 PM_0.thumbnail.png" alt="Screen shot 2011-08-04 at 3.55.30 PM.png" title="Screen shot 2011-08-04 at 3.55.30 PM.png" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="128" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This recent campaign video from South African women's rights organisation, <a href="" target="_blank">People Opposing Women Abuse</a> (POWA), confronts the long standing problem of domestic violence being ignored by those who witness it.</p> <p><iframe width="425" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p><p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why we like it</span></p> <p>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 works in its favour, driving home the relevance and reality of the issue.</p> <p>It reminds us of Breakthrough TV's hugely successful television campaign, Bell Bajao.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p><p>Albeit far more slick (a pro bono project of Ogilivy ad agency) it too confronts the silence and lack of action against domestic violence and urges men and young boys, in particular, to take a stand against it. Featuring a range of scenarios where a man overhears a woman being beaten and rings the doorbell of the perpetrator's house, the campaign suggests, as POWA's does, that just because partner abuse occurs in a private space, does not mean it should not be treated as a public concern.</p> <p><u>Source:</u> <a href= "" target= "_blank">Ososcio</a>; <a href= "" target= "_blank">Breakthrough TV</a><br /> <u>Year:</u> 2011; 2008<br /> <u>Website: </u><a href= "" target="_blank">POWA</a>; <a href= "" target= "_blank">Bell Bajao</a> </p> </div> </div> </div> domestic violence India South Africa video women's rights Thu, 04 Aug 2011 13:08:23 +0000 faith 106 at Photography: The Blank Noise Project <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-59" style="width: 133px;"><a href="/content/photography-blank-noise-project"><img src="" alt="Blank noise image" title="Blank noise image" class="image image-thumbnail " width="133" height="200" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.<a href="" target="_blank"> The Blank Noise Project</a> 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? It interrogates the normalisation of “eve-teasing” (term used in India to refer to public sexual harrassment of women) as something women should just ignore and learn to circumvent on the streets of India.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">How it works</span><br />Women tell their stories of harrassment with images of the clothes they were wearing at the time, and of the places where it happened, which are publicised online via the Blank Noise <a href="">blog</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Flickr,</a> tweeted under the hashtag #INEVERASKFORIT and used as supporters' profile photos on Facebook. Blank Noise also collects the garments people sent in city-to-city travelling art exhibitions in India. The garment, according to the Blank Noise Project, functions as a testimony to the assault, as “your truth, your witness, your evidence, your memory”, exhibited together to create a collective story for all women.</p> <p><img src="/sites/" alt="" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why we like it</span> <br />The campaign challenges the notion that a woman, how she dresses or where she goes can be blamed for her sexual harrassment. The garments that women have been harassed in are polled on the Blank Noise blog, and they range from button-up collared shirts and t-shirts to burkhas and saris. These are not mini-skirts and plunging necklines but everyday wear and the places where the harrassment occurs are not dark back alleys but busy streets. This evidence then automatically shifts the question away from women to the perpetrators and to Indian society's dismissal of this serious issue as 'normal' male behaviour.</p> <p>This campaign empowers women by urging them to turn the garment or the location, that they might ordinarily associate with shame and guilt, into a tool for raising awareness about an issue that affects all women. The visuals of the campaign work because they evoke the emotions and personal stories behind each woman's experience more than a graph of sexual harrassment statistics ever could. Blank Noise also organises street-based interventions and public actions to allow women to use public space more confidently.</p> <p><strong>Category:</strong> Visualisation of Women's Rights worldwide</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a><strong>Year:</strong> 2003 - ongoing</p> <p><strong>Source:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Blank Noise Project</a></p> <p><strong>Links: </strong>Watch a <a href="" target="_blank">short video interview</a></p> </div> </div> </div> Blank Noise eve-teasing India sexual harrassment violence visualisation women's rights Mon, 11 Oct 2010 14:57:04 +0000 faith 60 at