talking photos – defending human rights using photovoice

December 10th is International Human Rights Day!

To mark this important date, the second and third Photovoice projects are now online!  The Talking photos – defending human rights project saw 32 active members of the human rights group MDDHL – Mouvement pour la défense des droits de l’homme et des libertés (Movement for the Defense of Human Rights and Liberties) use photography as a way to discuss issues relevant to their organization’s mission and clearly map out strategies for realizing change.

Members of two branches of MDDHL (from the city of Maroua and the village of Mokolo) photographed issues that they felt should be addressed by their organization. The subjects they photographed and discussed included child exploitation, healthcare and cholera, education and family, justice and corruption, water access and sanitation, and drugs, alcohol and delinquency.

Discussions on the issues led into explorations of the changes in knowledge, attitude or behaviour participants were looking to achieve.  Further sessions explored which partners were responsible for changes, what strategies could be employed, and how MDDHL would know efforts were achieving results. The photographs, therefore, fed into a strategic planning process.

Click on one of the pictures below to go to the project page and see participants’ photos and find out what the issues mean to them.

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~ by Greg Spira on December 9, 2010.

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