This is the story of the building of two incredible participatory video teams but it is also the story of the many young women whose lives are changed by girl programming in different parts of the world every day.
One of our current programmes aims to build capacity to two groups of young women in Uganda and Guatemala in Participatory Video for M&E. These women are learning to make films that then inform programming and promote learning as well as peer to peer exchange for community mobilisation.
Phil Borges and his crew interviewed the InsightShare team and trainees participating in our PV M&E Initiative in Guatemala for his documentary on prevention of violence against women, commissioned by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, administered by UN Women.
In August InsightShare’s Latin America Director Maja and Raymundo from the Asociacion Qolla Aymara (in Puno, Peru) travelled to northern Mexico to facilitate a PV training in Vicam, Sonora with the participation of representatives of the indigenous Yaqui and Seri communities. Despite the intense heat the participants created three beautiful videos.
In this article Nick Lunch (InsightShare Co-Founder & Co-Director) describes how the Biocultural Portal (currently working under the project name 'Conversations with the Earth), functions as a web based resource for Indigenous Peoples and other stewards of biocultural diversity to share participatory video promoting local solutions to preserve the worlds biocultural diversity. He argues how the project - as a process at grassroots level - challenges power inequality but is simultaneously empowering for government officials, UN officers, civil servants, donors, NGOs, activists and communities alike.