What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)
Access to technology, Access to education/training.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The program reaches more than 1,500 indigenous girls ages 8-17 in 45 rural indigenous communities each year. A total of nine girl leaders have been trained in participatory video and they have conducted activities in approximately 10 communities.
Using PV has allowed the girls themselves to identify and measure indicators of program impact in their own words. Through participatory video activities, Abriendo Oportunidades participants and lideresas have served as a monitoring and evaluation tool for the program. Girls are telling other girls what the most significant change in their lives has been since participating in the program and we are listening! Thank to PV activities we know that a key process that most AO participants go through is losing fear- fear to speak their mind and fear to negotiate with adults.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Over the next 3 years, we hope to engage more AO communities in participatory video activities by systematically integrating the tool into our monitoring and evaluation strategy. This provides the opportunity for girls to lead and to use technology creatively to work with rural communities as a whole and make visible the problems faced by young women and girls.
Participatory video serves as a safer way to engage communities around issues such as adolescent pregnancies, giving the community the opportunity to express how they feel about these problems and mobilize around them. The use of video makes the activity safe and fun, and through dramatizations, girls are not talking about personal experiences but issues at the community level.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Some communities might be more reserved or less interested in participatory video activities. In these instances, we will engage each group within the community separately (girls, mothers, leaders, etc.) to see how they each feel about doing the video. By negotiating with a community to hear what they want, we will be better able to make a video that is interactive for those interested and represents the distinct issued faced in each community.
Privacy and confidentiality are always issues when working with participatory video, especially with minors. Consent forms and permission from parents/guardians and girls will always be collected so that any problems may be avoided.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Engage girls' clubs and communities in the second year with the program in participatory video activities
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Train more girl leaders in participatory video and show completed videos to the community