mediforchange.org exists to create connections among media change makers everywhere. On our website we celebrate media making aimed at positive change by telling the stories of storytellers. We are also committed to building awareness about the field of media change making through training of the next generation of storytellers. The assumption here is that storytelling and the communication of even the basic facts of our lives can lead to significant transformation. A good example of this kind of work can be seen in the Field Notes section below.
While it could be assumed that mediaforchange.org is about the impact media change makers have on the external world, we understand change more broadly. Beyond looking at the change media makers can have on the world, we want to gather insights on how media makers involved in change making adopt values and practices in their own lives to reflect their work. At yet another level, we want to be cognizant of the fast changing landscapes of media and technology. In this regard, it is important to try and understand what opportunities for change making are being lost and what is gained. We expect to shape our content within the above three categories of change.
This month Akilah shares her reflections as a reporter of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
Purulia, in West Bengal state is one of the chronically poor districts of ‘emerging’ India. Here people are poorly fed, remain poorly educated, they generally have poor health. Women in Purulia are even poorer compared to their male counterparts in every aspect of their lives.
Women here often get married at an early age – before they are eighteen. They become mothers while still in their teens. Women are expected to work hard at home and in the field. Culturally they are accustomed to a life defined by hard work. But women have no voice when it comes to issues like domestic violence.
Trickle Up, a US based non-profit has given the women of Purulia 3 video cameras. These cameras have suddenly given Moushumi and her friends a new tool for articulation and communication. They are recording their own stories on video and looking at themselves as groups, discussing, debating and sometimes confronting their own men who perpetrate domestic violence.
Moushumi, Shakuntala, Golapi and her friends, who were shy and quiet, have started to experience the power of visual storytelling in a community setting. The video cameras and their users may change the gender equations in parts of Purulia permanently.