The Activist School on Citizenship Video Journalism for women from Afghanistan and the Middle East
19-26 November 2012 Bangkok, Thailand
Call for Applications
(Deadline 15 October 2012)
A capacity building training in the use of videos and cell phones for women from Afghanistan and the Middle East to document women’s human rights violations and disseminate primarily through the Internet.
This Activist School will be held on 19-26 November 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Activist School on Citizenship Video Journalism is a nine-day training for women from Afghanistan and the Middle East: Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Yemen, who are under threat from the fundamentalist forces that keep them out of the democratic processes. It is a space where 10 women will be given a scholarship to participate and learn to use simple video cameras to document their stories and the human rights violations that take place in their communities and their country and disseminate them primarily through the Internet.
The training will be facilitated by Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, an Iranian feminist film maker/journalist who is exiled from Iran, currently based in Washington D.C., USA. Mahboubeh is currently a visiting instructor at the University of Connecticut teaching courses on grassroots advocacy and women’s rights and is running Zanan TV (www.zanantv.org), an alternative media space online for women. Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh is also a founding member of NGOTC (NGO Training Center for Women).
The training module is made up of three parts: knowledge, perspectives and skills building.
Knowledge will include the Isis International feminist development communications framework, including the role of alternative media in developing feminist movements and understanding the principles of women’s documentation and women telling their stories.
Perspectives part of the training will focus on the issue of fundamentalisms with a feminist political analysis. This section will also include human rights and sexuality issues and understanding social movements.
Skills building will be the training on skills such as shooting, editing, using various formats of video for online distribution.
By the end of the training, participants will have produced short films using the knowledge, perspectives and skills learned from the training. There will be a showing of the production and group critiquing to enhance the learnings.
Who can participate
Women from women’s or social development organisations based in Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Iraq or Yemen who have a commitment or passion for women’s issues. Women who are involved in media and communication particularly for human rights advocacy and, preferably, women who have had some experience handling digital cameras to video document their work, stories of women they work with or human rights violations happening in their countries or areas. Preferably, women have a camera and a laptop that they can bring and use in the training.
What are the required language skills
The Activist School will primarily be conducted in English. However, there will be a translator for Arabic.
Who can apply for scholarship
Scholarships are limited to participants from the specific countries Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Iraq or Yemen. Women from other countries in the Middle East who fit the other participant requirement details are welcome to apply. However, if they are qualified and chosen, they would need to cover their own travel expenses, board and lodgings. Isis International can grant subsidies for their registration fee only.
What is expected from participants
Selected participants are expected to:
share their perspectives, stories and experiences as feminists, activists or development workers from their respective countries;
mount video productions during and after the seminar. These video productions will be disseminated online;
echo their learnings from the training to their colleagues in their respective organisations or groups;
participate in the post-seminar evaluation four to six months after the seminar; and
be part of the Isis International Activist School Alumni.
Interested to participate in the Citizenship Video Journalism Activist School?
Please fill in the attached application form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com before or on 15 October 2012.
For further inquiries please contact:
Lalen de Vela
3 Marunong Street, Barangay Central
Quezon City 1100, Philippines
Tel. +63 2 928 19 56
Fax +63 2 924 10 65
2012-10-02 21:49:47 UTC