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Shibaji Bose - Voices from below - a Photo Voice exploration in Indian sundarbans


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Workshop on climate change and uncertainty from below and above, Delhi.

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Shibaji Bose - Voices from below - a Photo Voice exploration in Indian sundarbans

  1. 1. Voices from Below: A Photo Voice Exploration In Indian Sundarbans
  2. 2. Why Photo Voice? 2 To empower Voices of those most vulnerable To empower Voices of the ‘second sex’
  3. 3. 80 women respondents across three blocks in Sundarbans have participated in the photo voice process braving the monsoon and the floods. The photos presented here have been selected by the group themselves through a series of discussions.
  4. 4. 4 Whose voices from Below? Mothers with children 0-6 years of age, who also are  Crab and fish collectors  Living on embankment  Schedule Tribe  Religiously minority community  Women headed households  Community with large agricultural land
  5. 5. Shifting the research to the community…. 1. Establishing rapport with community through group meetings and informal interactions 2. Selected group leaders through community consensus 3. Selecting participants with the help of the leaders 4. Training on use of camera and consent forms 5. Piloting, learning and modification 6. Data collection and supportive visits 7. Fortnightly group meetings 5
  6. 6. A minority community woman, who rarely ventures out, learn to use a camera during a Photo Voice fortnightly group meet
  7. 7. Expressing and raising Voices…. 1. Brainstorming with participants to select pictures and narratives 2. Meets with local panchayat, civil society representatives and grass root health workers
  8. 8. The pictures and narratives from Below Livelihood Water and Sanitation Food insecurity and malnutrition Existing Health Care Services Accessibility Shelter
  9. 9. Water and Sanitation
  10. 10. During every high tide I have to face hardships to get drinking water for my children
  11. 11. It is better to defecate in the open than polluting our ponds
  12. 12. This pond is our only source of water but is too saline after Cyclone Aila
  13. 13. We cant even get fish from the saline water for our children
  14. 14. Livelihood
  15. 15. Crab catching is very strenuous and we are forced to risk tiger attacks
  16. 16. ‘Meen dhara’ (prawn seed collection) allows the dirty water to get inside the women, causing uterus cancer. There are lot of examples in our village
  17. 17. The government has robbed us of our livelihood for saving the trees and the tigers
  18. 18. Our men has migrated to other states in search of work after Cyclone Aila
  20. 20. Our lands have become barren after continuous flooding of saline water
  21. 21. Fish in our ponds cannot survive in saline conditions
  22. 22. Our children are growing up to be malnourished
  23. 23. This young mother is herself malnourished; What would happen to the baby?
  24. 24. Health Care Services
  25. 25. This health facility remains closed most of the time. The doctor hardly comes here.
  26. 26. Without any doctor, we depend on quacks. They always give us costly antibiotics to our children
  27. 27. For snake bites we mostly go to the traditional healers
  28. 28. Accessibility
  29. 29. Seven years after Cyclone the jetties have not been reconstructed. Women and children are most at risk
  30. 30. For at least six months in a year the roads remains muddy and slippery. How does one travel in the night?
  31. 31. This is the road to health centre to access the school and the immunization facility. We have stopped sending our children during high tides since Cyclone Aila.
  32. 32. Our only of transp take preg women a elderly to nearest p hospital
  33. 33. Shelter
  34. 34. The river has encroached upon lands. We are forced to live here with our children. We pray that floods does not engulf us during night
  35. 35. We have nowhere to go. We would face whatever Gods have in store for us
  36. 36. We can’t simply leave our elderly and flee the islands. We still live in makeshift shelters. Government seems
  37. 37. o Thank You