Albania: The Marathon of Vox Populi “More Women in Politics Because…”
The project aims to ensure a greater voice for women and to promote women’s equality for 2015 Local Election. Women’s “marathon” will be a national action and will cover 12 regions of Albanian. It will be constituted by several elements;the most important will be the “equal rights spot” where citizens from every part of Albania will give their opinion and reasons for supporting women in politics. The Vox populi interviews will be conducted by 12 women previously trained, with citizen -12 regions of Albania. Then, the interview will be summarized in a TVspot “More women in politics because…”
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Tirana, Shkoder, Kukes, Lezha, Durres, Dibra, Elbasan, Pogradec, Fier, Berat, Korca, Vlora, Saranda and Gjirokastra
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
The participants are a group of 12 women from each district of Albania that have been training on how to use ICT for social inclusion and gender issues advancement.Currently in Albania, women make up approximately the half of the population, but gender-based discrimination precludes women for equal access and to face serious economic, social and cultural challenges. The lack of visibility and equal access to media has not only delimited the covering women’s perspective on issues of common interest but also equal opportunities and representation of women in politics and decision making. The project will give the opportunities to women to increase the equal voices and changes perceptions of women roles in their community while learning video production and social media use to broadcast it
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
EDM Network: www.facebook.com/pages/Barazi-N%C3%AB-Vendimmarrje/124238940950250
Edlira Cepani: National Coordinator of Network www.facebook.com/edlira.cepani?fref=ts
Eglantina Alliaj: Vice- National Coordinator of Network www.facebook.com/eglantina.alliaj – TV Journalists (News 24 and TopChannel TV)
Mimoza Haxhia: www.facebook.com/mimoza.haxhiaj?fref=ts – Journalist and Network Spokesman
Blerina Babaliu: www.facebook.com/ertaertaa?fref=ts – Experts on Media
Raquel Hernandez Pena: www.facebook.com/raquel.h.pena?fref=ts – Project coordinator
Kristina Fidhi (President -partner organization): www.facebook.com/kristina.fidhi?fref=ts – TV Journalists (News 24 and TopChannel TV)
Darina Tanushi : www.facebook.com/darina.tanushi?fref=ts – Newspaper Journalists (Standard & Gazeta Shqiptare)
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
The 12 women that will be selected from the previously training done by the organization on ICT in the 12 district of Albania with skills in social media as a tool to knowledge sharing, communicate and advocate. Giving the advocacy video training, each woman will be able to showcase their skills and creativity broadcasting the citizen voices from their district. The objective is to record and edit an interview video regarding gender equality with the subject “More women in Politics Because…” through the citizen voice and finally, produce a spot that aims to advocate for equal voice for 2015 Local Election. The videos interview and the spot will be disseminating through social media channels and the organization platform (www.platformagjinore.al)
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
Women’s Network Equality in Decision Making is a non-governmental with the first Virtual Platform of Women in Decision Making (www.platformagjnore.al) that provide full statistical data on women in decision making, strategies and actions plans. The Network has developed many projects focusing on raising awareness and enhancing women capacities with a special emphasis on ICT. In the implementation of this project, the Network will collaborate with the Union of Journalist for Justice (www.investigim.al) who has a long experience training young journalist on media and video production.
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
The project aims to training at least twelve women from the twelve district of Albania (one woman per district). Women will be identified by the regional and local coordinators of the Network located all over Albania and selected depending of their knowledge and skills on how to use ICT for social inclusion and gender issues advancement. In addition, the women will be recruited depending of their commitment in their community. To ensure the participant sustainability after the training, the local coordinators together with the partner organization will mentor the women during the recording and edition of the video interview.
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
The traditional media in Albania is not only limiting the visibility of women but also portraying women roles. Skills on video reporting through ICT and social media are an excellent tool to increase women visibility and to influence citizen opinion regarding women role. Women will be introduced to digital video but more important to mobile video. In addition, women will learn how to use social media as a tool to disseminate their video. The Union of Journalist for Justice will contribute with their experiences, skills and technology during the training. They will facilitate the materials (digital camera and other resources) and the expert for the training.
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
The learning process will be divided in two sections. The first section the women will be introduced to the mechanics on video advocacy: about how to use a video camera, how to record and prepare footage for a TV station and to edit them. It is important to mention that the training will not only be concentrated on digital camera but also mobile camera. The objective is to give the opportunities to the women to continue recording stories and empowering the citizen voices in their community. During the second section, women will learn how to prepare an interview with a video camera and how to use social media as a tool to disseminate their video: Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Flick, blogs and other digital channel.
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
Women’s Network Equality in Decision Making is a non-governmental organization founded in 2008 with the largest number of active women from all political parties, civil society and media with operationally in the 12 district of Albania. The Network is the first organization in Albania using ICT to promote equal participation/representation of women in politics and decision making. In addition, Network has organized the “Marathon for Politics” with a gigantic book that traveled in 12 regions where citizens wrote their opinions about women in politic.At present, the Network is developing a project on political branding communication through ICT for 2015 Local Elections as tool to enhance women visibility in politics and ensure a major control and determination of their image with the voters.
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
One possible challenge is that women trained will need to conduct 15 interviews in their local district targeting equally women and men. Even though that the twelve women will be selected for their knowledge and use of ICT and role in their communities, it exists the possibility that their community will not be attracted to participate in the project or refuse to assign their IP right. We will face this challenge but informing the public before on the objective and implementation of the project.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
- 12 women from 12 district of Albania (one from each district) are trained in video advocacy and social media use for empowerment.
– 12 women are prepared to conduct a video interview, interview, recording and storing footage and edition and distribution through social media.
– 180 interviews is conducted in the 12 district of Albania (15 interview per district) targeting equally men and women
– 180 interview are broadcasted in the virtual platform and different ICT based channels
– At least one spot is designed and broadcasted in the virtual platform and different ICT based channels to raise equal voice for 2015 Local Elections
– The public awareness on equal voice is created
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
Activity 1 – June 2014
Mapping women depending of their knowledge on ICT and commitment in their communities through the local coordinator of the Network
Activity 2- July 2014
Training in video advocacy conducted for two experts during two days
Activity 3- August/ September/October/ November 2014
Interview and broadcasting in the different ICT based channels
Activity 4 – December 2014
Spot and Broadcasting in the different ICT based channels to raise equal voice for 2015 Local Elections
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
-Trainers Fee & Operational Cost 200$*2=400
-Interviews Operational Costs: 12*72$/ =864 USD
-Developing Spot & broadcasting 1*1230$ = 1,230 USD
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
Promote and disseminate in the different social media channels, including the platform of the Network (www.platformagjnore.al) and partner website (www.investigim.al) the
Videos recorded by the women trained. The spot produced will be disseminated during 2015 Local Election Campaign through ICT. During the project implementation, the local coordinator of the Network together with the partner organization will mentor the women during the recording and edition of the video interview.
Women's Network Equality in Decision Making