This project aims to equip survivors of trafficking with knowledge and skills of story gathering. 10 women will be trained on interview skills, recorder handling, audio editing and digital photography. They will produce a weekly radio show broadcast through local radio. We believe that empowering women with skills to interview will not only help raise their voice but also help them rise in their community where they are stigmatized and excluded.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Nuwakot / Makwanpur district of Nepal
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
Survivors of trafficking and girls at risk are mostly from marginalized community with little/no access to education and employment. These women are the most vulnerable and discriminated and are often restricted in their physical movements. They have little access to information and communication tools also. A highly prone district (either Makawanpur or Nuwakot) for trafficking will be selected to pilot this approach.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
These women will produce a weekly radio program and broadcast through a local radio station. Selected stories will also be packaged as digital story and distributed through blog site, which will also include podcast. These women will use radio and microphone as an important tool which will help them rise by unmasking their stigmatized identity of “victim” of trafficking. The more they help other women to raise their voices, the more they rise.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
We are a small team of media professionals already working with NGOs which are working for rights of survivors of trafficking at community level. We also have close collaborations with local radio stations in the targeted districts. Moreover, one of our Executive members of the board (who herself is a survivor of trafficking ) is very keen to work on this proposed project.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
We are aiming to provide hands-on training and regular coaching to 10 women in total. 50% of these women will be survivors of trafficking and remaining will be young girls who are vulnerable to trafficking. These women and girls will be teamed up in a group of 3 and will work together to produce weekly radio program and digital stories.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
We would need your support to develop resource materials on skills of storytelling and story gathering, suitable for illiterate women who are at risk of trafficking. We will also need Rising Voices’ support to reach out to wider audience to share the outcomes of pilot phase and up-scale at a larger scope.
The Story Kitchen
April 5, 2013
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