PhotoVoice Exhibition 14th April – 10th May

We are very excited to announce that we will be exhibiting some of our participants images at the Photofusion gallery space this month. We will be showcasing our latest participatory photography projects, which explore themes around gender rights, combating sexual exploitation, and livelihood security.

PhotoVoice has been working with influential organisations such as the British Red Cross and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to ensure that the voices of underrepresented communities feed into project evaluation, resources and campaigning materials.

14th April 2017 – 10th May 2017

Private View – Wednesday 19th April 6.30pm (RSVP essential – zoe@photovoice.org)

Photofusion Gallery, 17A Electric Lane, London, SW9 8LA

The projects that we will be exhibiting are:

Picturing Progress – Food Security & Livelihoods

Fourteen community members in Lower Gweru, Zimbabwe use photography to evaluate the British Red Cross “Food Security and Livelihoods” programme. Through their images, we are given an insight into what worked well and how the programme could be developed.

Amongst others, we will be exhibiting Catherine’s image. Catherine received support to establish a nutritional garden and she shares how the project has benefitted her.

“…I never had any income before the FSL initiatives and I have been able to use the profit to pay for my son’s education – the fees and transport to send him to school in town. Now I am using ZRCS conservation farming and nutritional gardens to ensure my grandchildren too also have the opportunity of education.”

"This is my grandchild who lives with me - she's in Grade 8. and I provide for her. When she was younger, times were difficult and caring for her and her sibling were difficult. There were frequent droughts and we often went to bed hungry without eating the entire day. I had no source of income so the most I could often afford was to buy a small amount of mealie mielie-meal and water it down to make a watery Sadza porridge. Since ZRC came and supported us with the nutritional gardens, training in conservation farming and ISAL loaning scheme, lots of things have changes and we are no longer affected badly by recent droughts - these initiatives provide us with security for food and our families . As a family we now eat three times a day and from the gardens, have a diet full of mixed vegetables, meat  and grains."  © Catherine Sibanda 2017 | PhotoVoice | Zimbabwe Red Cross | 'Picturing Progress - Food Security & Livelihoods' | Zimbabwe

“This is my grandchild who lives with me – she’s in Grade 8. and I provide for her. When she was younger, times were difficult and caring for her and her sibling were difficult. There were frequent droughts and we often went to bed hungry without eating the entire day. I had no source of income so the most I could often afford was to buy a small amount of mealie mielie-meal and water it down to make a watery Sadza porridge. Since ZRC came and supported us with the nutritional gardens, training in conservation farming and ISAL loaning scheme, lots of things have changes and we are no longer affected badly by recent droughts – these initiatives provide us with security for food and our families . As a family we now eat three times a day and from the gardens, have a diet full of mixed vegetables, meat and grains.”
© Catherine Sibanda 2017 | PhotoVoice | Zimbabwe Red Cross | ‘Picturing Progress – Food Security & Livelihoods’ | Zimbabwe

Picturing Rights – Community Voices Kachin State

Following the 2015 national elections and the introduction of a new constitution in 2008, Myanmar continues to undergo a period of transition towards democracy after decades of military rule and ethnic conflict.

Sadly, women remain marginalized from local decision making and policy debate around land issues. PhotoVoice ran community workshops with 24 participants who will be beneficiaries of the Trócaire ‘Resource Rights and Women’s Empowerment’ programme. Their images explore land access and resource rights and the role of women in these issues.

Solutions to the problems we face and the change that we want to see.  "We can invite related organizations and educate people on how we can regain and protect the cultivable land that we lost. We can learn how we can prevent deforestation. I believe that we can solve these problems by cooperating with these organizations, participation and welcoming educators to share their knowlede with the local people."  © Moezet 2017 | PhotoVoice | MRJ | Trocaire |'Picturing Rights - Community Voices in Kachin State'| Myanmar

Solutions to the problems we face and the change that we want to see.
“We can invite related organizations and educate people on how we can regain and protect the cultivable land that we lost. We can learn how we can prevent deforestation. I believe that we can solve these problems by cooperating with these organizations, participation and welcoming educators to share their knowlede with the local people.”
© Moezet 2017 | PhotoVoice | MRJ | Trocaire |’Picturing Rights – Community Voices in Kachin State’| Myanmar

Having Our Say 3

Young people affected by sexual exploitation share their thoughts, perspectives and experiences through digital stories. The project was recently exhibited at Sotheby’s and their photographs have fed into a new resource to be used by industry professionals and practitioners. The resource uses the digital stories to help inspire group activities and discussions that will help other young people to identify warning signs and understand relationships better.

My name is Nick; this is a story based on what I’ve been through in the past. © Carys 2016 | PhotoVoice | NWG | ‘Having Our Say’ | UK

My name is Nick; this is a story based on what I’ve been through in the past. © Carys 2016 | PhotoVoice | NWG | ‘Having Our Say’ | UK

 

Featured image: “This is one of my fellow nutritional garden members and like me, she has a orphan to care for. Together, we work hard in her garden to grow crops and vegetables for consuming and selling and all proceeds go to ensuring our children are looked after and educated.” © Percy 2017 | PhotoVoice | Zimbabwe Red Cross | ‘Picturing Progress – Food Security & Livelihoods’ | Zimbabwe

 

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