This photo was used with a Globe and Mail article “Shocking Images aren’t enough” by Marilyn McHarg from Doctors without Borders
In what ways do the photos we have just seen reinforce or challenge these perceptions?
Grade 12 Global Issues:Citizenship and Sustainability SAGE: MSSTA October 19th, 2012
Who we are• Vision: Manitobans — Working Together as Global Citizens.• Mission: The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is a coalition of organizations involved in international development who are committed to: – Respect, empowerment and self-determination for all peoples – Development that protects the world’s environment – Global understanding, cooperation and social justice. MCIC’s mission as a coordinating structure is to promote public awareness of international issues, to foster member interaction, and to administer funds for international development.
What we Do• Administer MGMGP for our members • Development • Relief and Rehabilitation• Public Engagement • Schools • Community• Communication• Capacity Building
• Fair Trade Manitoba is a program of MCIC that seeks to increase awareness of fair trade & the number of products available in Manitoba• Consumer guide on www.fairtrademanitoba.com can help you find fair trade products in your region!
Global Justice Film Festival November 4th 2011 (Winnipeg Art Gallery) Doors open at 6 pm, film showing at 7 pmNovember 5th 2011 (University of Winnipeg) Screening of social justice films 9 am – 5 pm
Global Citizenship AwardThe Global Citizenship Award recognizes graduatingGrade 12 students.New this year will be the Global Citizenship EducatorAward for middle school teachers; high schoolteachers; or administrators who have helped create amore just and sustainable world through engaging inmeaningful global citizenship activities.The deadline for the 2010/11 year is March 23, 2012.
Community Solidarity FundThe Community Solidarity Fund providesfunding to Manitoba not-for-profit, communitybased groups involved in development projectsoverseas.Funds of up to $5,000 available.
Global Students/Global Citizens is a quarterlye-newsletter distributed to hundreds ofteachers throughout Manitoba. Thenewsletter is a way for MCIC and its membersto inform teachers about educationalopportunities available to them and theirstudents.
Customized Programs MCIC staff are available to do programs on global issues to your school. We currently have workshops on: • Water • Fair Trade / Child Labour • Ethical Consumption • Play Fair: Fair Trade and Sports • Gender & Education • Global Food Security • Sustainable Development Grant AssistanceContact us to ask about your needs!
Exploring the Impacts of Take Action Projects: Thinking CriticallyWhat are the impacts of our actions at these levels:• Individual• Classroom• School• Community• City• Provincial• Country• Global
A student hears of a major disasterand decides to raise money for reliefin the country. They use imagestaken during the disaster in theirfundraising. When students donate,they receive a button to wear thatsays, I helped to save [name ofcountry]
A student decides to collect second-hand clothing to send to a poorcommunity in another country. Theyplan to send the clothing to a schoolin the community, where theclothing will be distributed for freeto the students.
Ethical ImagesAdapted from Ethical Images: TheSouth Through the Northern Eye
A severely malnourished displaced Somali child is admitted at southern Mogadishus Banadir hospital for treatment on August 2, 2011. Warnings grow that famine could spread across all southern Somalia, but the urgentaction needed to avert that is being hampered as conflict escalates and rebels maintain a stranglehold on aid. Famine was declared in two Somali regions last month, but UN humanitarian relief chief Valerie Amos has warned it could extend across the majority of the south
A child is washed by its mother inside the Sayidka IDP camp in Mogadishu, Somalia on Sept. 6, 2011 (The Globe and Mail)
When asked “When I say to you ‘developing’ or ‘third world’ what comes to mind?” 80% responded with words such as ‘war’, ‘famine’, ‘disaster’, ‘starvation’, and ‘corruption’.-VSO Study, “The Live Aid Legacy: The Developing World through British Eyes”
Canadian Perceptions of International Development:• No aid can make a difference• Problems are unsolvable• “Us” vs. “them” – focus on separateness, no recognition of interconnectedness• Superiority of the North as experts• The South as a charity case• Poverty as hopeless• People in developing countries as victims, rather than agents of their own empowerment / development - Nathanson, 2005
Pictures of famine victims are often presented without context and without the subjects’ names. You have to think, “would I like my picture, or my child’s picture, taken like this?” -Pete Davis, Oxfam
Disaster images rarely portray local people helping each other.90% of the people saved are saved by their neighbours and family, 10% by people who rush in from round andabout, and about 0.01% by people who come in from the other side of the world. - Tony Vaux, Author of the Selfish Altruist
Critical ThinkingWhen looking at a photograph, ask yourself:• Who took the photograph? What is their position / job / role?• Why did this person take the photograph? (commercial, personal reasons)• How is the photograph being used? Who benefits from the use of the photograph (short-term and long-term)?• What message is the photograph meant to convey?• What message does it convey?
We can avoid images that:• oversimplify / hide diversity• fuel prejudice• give an idea of Northern superiority• show people as hopeless objects for our pity, instead of equal partners in action -Adapted from CCIC’s Code of Ethics
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