Happy Women’s Day – Help stop gender based violence!
Happy Women's Day! These are examples of the 11 questions Mapping Violence is asking to people around the world. By choosing and answering up to 3 questions, you contribute to making the world a better place for people of all genders.
About the project
Mapping Violence aims to provide an alternative to the silence and victim-blaming that surrounds the topic of violence committed against women by inviting participants from all genders, age groups and backgrounds to have their say in pressing questions around the causes, effects and perpetuation of violence.
This documentary is part of a larger project entitled #MOOCLive of the Mapping Violence Project at the Centre Virchow-Villermé, Université Paris Descartes. The Centre is one of the leading research organisations in the field of education and innovation. Its MOOC Violence Committed against Women will be complemented by our film.
How you can help
As part of this project, we are working on a 12-minute documentary film collated from self-recorded interviews on the topic of violence against women. Our goal is to collect as many responses and different perspectives as possible, and to achieve this we need your help. Please read through this brief to get to know about our goals and how you could be part of the film. If you have any questions regarding the project, contact us through the email address provided below. We eagerly await your responses!
We would like to ask you to record yourself responding to 3 questions of your personal choice from the list below. The recording can be done either in English or in any language you feel comfortable with. Since we have a limit of 12 minutes for the final documentary, please try to respond to each question in 1 -2 minutes. If you wish, consider the questions as guidance and talk about the topic freely.
How to record yourself
You can record the video any way you want: showing your face or turning it away from yourself and recording your surroundings, etc. You can choose not to show any image at all but record only your voice. You can use anything that is able to record sound and image: a phone, digital camera, webcam, etc., but please make sure that you are close enough to the recording device to obtain clear audio. Since talking to a device is never completely natural, feel free to write down your thoughts before recording. Express yourself and tell us as much as you can; your opinion really matters!
- What actions, if inflicted on you, would you consider as violence?
- What makes you a woman? (Alternatively) What makes you man? How would you characterise a “woman” and how would you characterise a “man”?
- In which environment do you think your opinions are valued the most?
- Have you ever felt disadvantaged/empowered because of being a woman/man? If yes, how?
- Is there a lot of violence targeting women in your environment or elsewhere and who is responsible for it? How did you get to know about it?
- Do you feel your environment encourages gender-based violence? If so, in what ways?
- If someone you know in your country was raped, what would the consequences be?
- How are women who have suffered violence and their abusers depicted? How do these depictions influence our attitudes towards abuse?
- If you wanted to talk about violence inflicted on you or others, who would you turn to?
- What needs to change in order to stop gender-based violence? What would the practical steps be?
- If you had a child now, would you rather have a boy or a girl? Why?
What to do next
The documentary will be available to the general public on the website of the Centre Virchow-Villermé and will be translated into six different languages. All submissions will be posted in raw, unedited format on our Facebook page “Mapping Violence Project”, if participants so wish. To be included in the project, please send your video response to [email protected].
The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2018. We would love to hear from you! Please sign this consent form and send it along with your video.