See it our way for bfi 27th nov 2010 no music


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A short introduction to a participatory photography project with young people living in communities affected by human trafficking, in which they speak out about the root causes and the impact of the issue from their unique perspective to raise awareness, inform policy and challenge perceptions locally and internationally.

Run in partnership between international charities PhotoVoice and World Vision.

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See it our way for bfi 27th nov 2010 no music

  1. 1. 1 PhotoVoice and See it Our Way
  2. 2. 2 A world in which everyone has the means to speak out and be heard, in order to represent themselves and work towards positive social change. VISION MISSION To empower disadvantaged and marginalised individuals and communities to improve their social and economic situation through photography and digital media by creating images as a tool for change.
  3. 3. 3 “Participation is involvement by a local population and, at times, additional stakeholders in the creation, content and conduct of a program or policy designed to change their lives. Built on a belief that citizens can be trusted to shape their own future, participatory development uses local decision making and capacities to steer and define the nature of an intervention.” USAID publication: Participatory Development as New Paradigm: The Transition of Development Professionalism, by Ray Jennings, October 2000 Why Participation?
  4. 4. 4 • Accessible (for participants and audiences) • Immediate • Versatile • Effective • Creates external focus for discussion • Enables self-exploration and self- representation • Crosses cultural and language barriers • Combination of documentary and subjective viewpoint Why Photography?
  5. 5. 5 Exploring and supporting innovative uses of participatory photography • Therapeutic Photography • Photography with young refugees • Photography with vulnerable women • Photography for Advocacy (coming soon!) • Sensory Photography Resources:
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  16. 16. 16 All girls like to look at themselves in the mirror, but I have never been able to do this. When I touched the rear view mirror of this car and felt the cool shade of the surrounding trees, I really wanted to use my camera to record the reflected image. By Li Ning, China From Sights Unseen: Photography by Blind and Visually Impaired People
  17. 17. 17 Because of my HIV status, the doctors suggested I had an abortion. I didn’t do it, and now my children pray for my health. The most important thing is that they have no such diagnosis themselves. By Katya, St Petersburg, Russia From We Are Together: Photographs by young people living with HIV
  18. 18. 18 Whoever we are, we are still children in our souls. I dreamt from early childhood to attend school; I don’t know why my parents were against that. Then I grew up and started to pass exams. There are children who want to go to school but no one understands them. Then they start running away from homes and try to survive with other street children, some of whom take drugs and are ill. By Viktoria Parshnuk, St Petersburg, Russia From We Are Together: Photographs by young people living with HIV
  19. 19. 19 This is Muktaran Bibi, who with her family is engaged in the separation of garbage. By Munna Kumar, India From Images of Foul Play: Photographs by members of the Dalit community
  20. 20. 20 When I entered the slum, this mother came with a photograph of her lost daughter; I want to help her get her daughter back through my photographs. By Jyotiprava Nayak, India From Images of Foul Play: Photographs by members of the Dalit community
  21. 21. 21 She cannot go out without permission, even to take her photograph her father-in-law had to give permission. She will live her life within these four walls and die here as well. By Mahjabeen Bhat, India From Images of Foul Play: Photographs by members of the Dalit community
  22. 22. 22 She looks so happy eating that fruit. I can understand that happiness of getting something that you can never afford. By Rajkumar Bohat, India From Images of Foul Play: Photographs by members of the Dalit community
  23. 23. See it Our Way Young people speak out about the risks and root causes of human trafficking in their communities. No one deserves to be left alone. By Sakhatel, Armenia
  24. 24. Human Trafficking is the term used to describe the trade in people – for whatever reason. It could be for manual labour, domestic work, prostitution, begging rings or babies for childless couples. In all cases, someone is making money out of another human being. It is modern day slavery. See it Our Way These hands pray for freedom. By Gohar Hakobyan, Armenia
  25. 25. Victims of trafficking are not always abducted – they could be tricked with an offer of well paid employment or marriage, or in some cases will see the arrangement as an opportunity for a better life. The root causes may therefore be existing poverty and social deprivation, rather than simply the criminal activities of the traffickers. See it Our Way By Janet, Romania
  26. 26. In 2010, international charities PhotoVoice and World Vision joined forces to run photography workshops with young people from communities affected by human trafficking and child slavery across Middle East and Eastern Europe. See it Our Way By Janet, Romania Photo treasure-hunt activity, Romania Photo by Matt Daw
  27. 27. Workshops were held in Albania, Armenia, Lebanon, Romania and Pakistan. The risks and realities of human trafficking are different in each country, and between them they represent source, transit and destination countries used by traffickers. See it Our Way By Janet, Romania Albania, Romania, Lebanon, Armenia, Pakistan… so many places in the world fighting together against trafficking. By Adelajda, Albania
  28. 28. The young people participating in the project used their new photography skills to explore the risks and impact of human trafficking on them and their communities. In some cases this process caused them to reconsider what can count as exploitation. See it Our Way Workshop, Lebanon By Jenny Matthews
  29. 29. The work will be used locally and internationally to raise awareness and myth-bust about the reality of human trafficking, and to shed light on what can be done to stop people becoming victims to exploitation. See it Our Way By Janet, RomaniaI know what trafficking is. I can never be deceived. By Rima Nazaretyan, Armenia
  30. 30. In Armenia, an exhibition will tour schools to inform older students soon to leave school of the risks they face from apparently attractive overseas work schemes. See it Our Way Your passport is your identity, do not trust it to anybody else By Gohar Hakobyan, Armenia
  31. 31. In Lebanon a campaign aimed at drivers in Beirut will encourage them to see street children as victims of exploitation and not as a nuisance or a service to use. See it Our Way A child should always be happy, not alone, not on the streets. By Ahmed Abass, Lebanon
  32. 32. The Workshop Process •Photography skills •Visual literacy •Exploring and discussing the issues •Deciding what needs to change •Copyright, consent & model release •Creating images for campaigning •Writing captions •Having fun!
  33. 33. Outputs & Outcomes •Local staff trained in a new tool •Local exhibitions and campaigns •Local press interest in issues •Participants have new skills •Participants know more about issues •Increased confidence •Images used in campaigning
  34. 34. We all know stories of children disappearing from our area… By Mariglena, Albania See it Our Way
  35. 35. Not thinking about trafficking is not going to make it go away. By Mariglen, Albania See it Our Way
  36. 36. Don’t make quick judgments on things you see; sometimes it’s hard to tell if a child is a victim or just playing. By Mariglen, Albania See it Our Way
  37. 37. For trafficked people the sight of their future is limited. But there is hope, since we know that in a dark room even a small window can shed light to cast away this darkness. By Rodolf, Albania See it Our Way
  38. 38. Many girls in our neighbourhood miss out on school and have to do housework. I hope that our pictures and messages clean up misconceptions about trafficking. By Bukurie, Albania See it Our Way
  39. 39. This is where the most vulnerable families in our neighbourhood live. The river often floods taking away their few belongings. From the lack of money and poor conditions people become vulnerable to traffickers. By Rodolf, Albania See it Our Way
  40. 40. This baby bear was born in freedom, captured, and now is chained to make money for its owners. If you don’t question things they will never change. By Elis, Albania See it Our Way
  41. 41. A child shouldn’t be on the street. You shouldn’t exploit your child for money. By Ibrahem, Lebanon See it Our Way
  42. 42. A child shouldn't sacrifice his studies to do shoe shining. By Ahmed Hmedi, Lebanon See it Our Way
  43. 43. A cat shouldn't be in a cage, it should have its freedom‚ children also should have their freedom. By Soha, Lebanon See it Our Way
  44. 44. A child shouldn’t work at this age, he should be at school. By Ahmed Abass, Lebanon See it Our Way
  45. 45. The boy I photographed didn't want to show his face. We should respect his right not to show his identity. By Talal, Lebanon See it Our Way
  46. 46. She’s a 16 year old teenager and, even at such a young age, she knows all about life …she lives with an older man and his daughter. Poverty has left her no choice. She thought it is better than being with her alcoholic parents. By Janet, Romania See it Our Way
  47. 47. Lost childhood… once you’ve lost it, you can never have it back. By Oana Gociman, Romania See it Our Way
  48. 48. Money can buy children, but not their love. By Sirghe Alexandra, Romania See it Our Way
  49. 49. Although they are just children, they have the responsibilities of grown ups. By Patriciea Gherman, Romania See it Our Way
  50. 50. Poverty makes us stronger and it can make us change mentality very early in life, hoping that sooner or later things will get better. By Ana-Maria Ocneanu, Romania See it Our Way
  51. 51. If our parents don’t care about us, at least we have each other. By Oana Gociman, Romania See it Our Way
  52. 52. “I'm a lonely woman. My husband has died and my daughter went abroad a long time ago to work as a photo model and has not returned.” By Israyelan ITS, Armenia See it Our Way
  53. 53. Because of hard social situations people leave their homes and go abroad looking for jobs. Think hard before leaving and be very aware, you may be trafficked. By Donara, Armenia See it Our Way
  54. 54. These swings are empty but that's not bad because at this time the children are in school and are being educated. By Rima Nazaretyan, Armenia See it Our Way
  55. 55. Money becomes a trap for people looking for a good life. Do not believe in fairy tales of earning big money easily. By Gohar Hakobyan, Armenia See it Our Way
  56. 56. See it Our Way Ragpicking By Hikmat, Pakistan This boy is collecting waste near a forested area. This is a dangerous, deserted area – there are a lot of drug addicts here. They can easily grab the children and take them away into the bushes.
  57. 57. Domestic violence By Kainat, Pakistan In this photo the man is beating his wife. In the morning she has to work as a domestic worker and then when she returns home she has to cook for her husband and children. This is when her husband starts to beat her, usually over petty matters. He’s an addict and has withdrawal symptoms in the morning and takes his frustration out on the family. See it Our Way
  58. 58. Corporal punishment By Shabana, Pakistan Nadeen is 10, he’s at the tuition centre. At the end of the class the teachers inspect our nails and if they are dirty or too long, she hits us – Nadeen’s nails were too long so she hit him on his fingers. See it Our Way
  59. 59. Sweet 16 in my culture By Amjad, Pakistan I took this picture of Mehak behind the fence because it shows how young girls like us aren’t allowed out and how we are locked in all the time. It feels like a prison; it’s like we’re behind bars all the time. See it Our Way
  60. 60. Ragpicking By Faizan, Pakistan He’s a ragpicker and he’s feeling cold. If he doesn’t make enough money during the day he has to go out at night and work until he reaches the target his parents have set for him. See it Our Way
  61. 61. See it Our Way Ragpicking By Ismail, Pakistan This ragpicker was playing and fell down and started laughing.