My Proposal: #ShareHerStory

chris sibugon
Posted April 14, 2016 from Philippines

#ShareHerStory is about supporting women tell their stories and spark action to address their issues. These are stories in our history that may be unheard of or not paid much attention to, because these are the stories of marginalized communities who traditionally have no access to media and other technologies.

For the VOF, #shareherstory will feature the Rural and Indigenous Women, their fight for land, resources and climate justice. This digital action campaign hopes to gather stories in the Philippines and around the world, to shed light on the struggles and triumphs of rural and indigenous women.

The approach of the campaign is two stages: first, to have conversation on the grassroots and then a conversation online.

Participatory storytelling workshops will be conducted with rural and indigenous women to support them in reflecting on their situation, come up with a collective solution to address the challenges they are facing, and tell their message through creative means—whether in their traditional and indigenous chants, music or dances, or through drawings and oral narration. The participatory workshop will also support the women to capture their stories (told or shown in the traditional forms) in photos and videos. The campaign aims to gather financial resources to buy basic digital cameras to be donated to the community. The digital format will be shared online by advocates and partners tapped for this campaign. If enough resources will be gathered, a website will be developed to serve as the main platform to upload the photos and videos. With or without the website, aFacebook page #shareherstory will also be created, supported by Youtube and Twitter accounts to generate conversation.

The campaign will ask for the general audience to simply, share her story. To keep track of the conversation, a specific hashtag will be used for the campaign topic (e.g. #shareherstory #RuralandIndigenousWomen).

In the Philippines, the upcoming change in leadership after the National Elections provides a favourable climate to advocate for reforms. In the domestic front, the campaign will try to engage with relevant government agencies that could respond to the reforms that the rural and indigenous women will identify in the workshop.

Rural and indigenous women all over the globe suffer from the same issues of unsustainable development and this campaign aims to engage the international audience both as a means to crowdsource digital materials as well as to increase the reach of the materials generated from the Philippines.And this is where the WP platform is crucial for to the campaign. My campaign ask for the international audience is to share photos or videos from their own country that would shed light on the struggles that women face when 'development' is not sustainable and participatory; where resources are exploited leadingto dislocation, degradation of the environment, and climate change. Rural and indigenous women in the Philippines and around the globe are resisting against the attacks on their right to resources, culture, and self-determination. And as a result, are being driven out of their communities due to hunger, and even militarisation.

The international audience will be invited toto share the photos/videos coming from Philippines to their own network. The exchange of ideas and messages is the conversation I hope to create online. Hopefully, by bringing all these images of women's plight all over the world it will provide a concrete evidence of how unsustainable development has affected women all over the globe!

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Emmanuella Akinola
Apr 14, 2016
Apr 14, 2016

Dear Chris. you are surely on the path to success.

Sherna Alexander Benjamin
Apr 14, 2016
Apr 14, 2016

Dear Chris,

Highlighting the struggles of rural and rural and indigenous women is powerful, I know this campaign will assist many women and help them on their journey. 

helen.ng
Apr 15, 2016
Apr 15, 2016

Hello Chris,

I agree with you in that it is extremely important to focus on helping voice the stories of rural and indigenous women to aid in sparking change within the community and around the world. I wish you all the best.

With love,

Helen Ng

Stephanie Auxier
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Chris,

This is a very well thought out campaign, and one that is relevant all over the work for rural and indigenous women. I really like that you will be working with women and communities to help them tell their own stories and to facilitate discussions on what the solutions they envision are, instead of having others speak for them. I especially like that you use these solutions-oriented conversations to advocate for policy changes, so that you can be sure that you are advocating for solutions that these communities have come up with themselves. 

Do you plan to use videos to capture women telling their own stories? Or do you plan to share stories mostly through writing? Images can be so powerful! I am also curious if you plan to engage an international audience in your campaign, and if so how? Will you ask others to collect stories of marginalized women in their communities to use with this hashtag, or will your focus be on gaining international awareness of marginalized communities in the Philippines (which could help create political pressure)? Those are just a few ideas to consider, but I think your campaign has so much potential to reach a large audience! I also am curious about how you might use World Pulse to run this campaign. 

Looking forward to learning more about your plan and seeing the impact of #ShareHerStory.

Best,

Stephanie

chris sibugon
Apr 24, 2016
Apr 24, 2016

Thanks for the comments, steph! I really do want to engage the international audience for the campaign, especially that climate justice and development aggression is an issue for all indigenous and rural women in all countries. And this is where the WP platform is crucial for  to the campaign. my ask for the international audience is to share photos or videos from their own country that would shed light on the struggles that women face due to unsustainable development programs, that have led to dislocation, climate change, militarization. then i will also ask them to share the photos/videos coming from Philippines to their own network. Hopefully, by bringing all these images of women's plight all over the world it will provide a concrete evidence of how unsustainable development has affected women all over the globe! 

kaitlinl
Apr 24, 2016
Apr 24, 2016

Chris-

Just reading about your campaign, I am excited by your ideas! Storytelling, art, and music can be powerful conveyors of the human struggle, and they can also be therapeutic for the participants. They can also bring deep emotions to the surface-- have you thought about how your campaign can provide support in this way for the women sharing their stories?

Like Stephanie, I think it's great that you are facilitating grassroots discussions where participants are able to talk about their own solutions for their communities. If they choose to share these with the international digital community, will they have the technological resources to be able to film or take pictures?

I'm really looking forward to hearing more about your campaign and how your first digital training goes :)

Kaitlin