#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!