‘Displaced’ joins the Fantastic Feminist Festival!

This year, we have worked with an amazing group of young migrant women, coming from all over the world. We have shared experiences, built solidarity, and worked on telling a little piece of our stories through photography and video.

During The F Word festival, you will have the chance to see what we have done. Come for a short films screening (all made by the participants themselves) and a Q&A session.

Check out which other amazing events are happening at the F Word: http://thefwordfest.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/programme-online.pdf

14th of September, 1pm

ASB, Binnenpret – 1e Schinkelstraat 14-16, Amsterdam

Apna Haq’s US premiere!!!

Washington –  We are happy to announce that Apna Haq (Our Right) had its US premiere on the 14th of June at the Reel Water Film Festival.

Apna Haq at the Vrouwen Eetcafe

Amsterdam – At the Vrouwen Eetcafe this Saturday we are screening Apna Haq to a group of migrant women; documented and undocumented. The event is organized by the Support Group for Undocumented Women. Come eat dinner and watch the film with us for 5 euros if you are documented and free if undocumented.

Migrant sex workers in dialogue! Visuals from the Netherlands and South Africa

Amsterdam – In 2010 and 2012, in collaboration with P&G292 (Prostitutie en Gezondheidcentrum), we worked on the project A Day In Her Life. It is an exploration of the daily lives of current and former sex workers in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.
Their work will be exhibited in Amsterdam, between the 25th and 28th of June. The exhibition Migrant Sex Workers in Dialogue presents photos and videos made by migrant sex workers in the Netherlands and South Africa in collaboration with Voices of Women Media, in the Netherlands, and the African Centre for Migration & Society, Wits University , Sisonke Sex Worker Movement and the Market Photo Workshop in South Africa. With the amazing support of the Vrije Universiteit!
Join us at Amsterdam House of Arts and Crafts, on Oudeschans 21, 1011KS Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Opening: Wednesday 25th of June, 17:30 – 21:00
Thursday and Friday, 14:00 – 19:00
Saturday, 12:00 – 19:00

‘Displaced’ screening in Moldova!

Causeni, Moldova – Oana, one of our former participants in the ‘Displaced’ project, just organized a screening of the videos she and the other participants made together. She is currently attending a training course called ‘Create and Motivate‘ and she used the videos as an example and inspiration for a discussion on ‘what motivates people to create.’ The audience consisted of 28 youth leaders and youth workers from Italy, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova. Oana said ‘I loved the fact that they enjoyed our ideas and our final movies! All of them were very appreciated and the participants even applauded at the end! I felt really proud of us, girls!’

Grundtvig In-Service Training in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal – In April, one of VOW Media’s team members attended a training course supported by Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Programme. The course, organized by Associação Spin, was based on the belief that photography is a powerful media, able to transmit messages, change minds and attitudes. The main aim of this training course was to provide its participants with the possibility to use photography as an instrument to communicate and foster multiculturalism and as a tool to change people’s awareness of other cultures and promote intercultural dialogue.

During a week, participants developed not only their technical and theoretical knowledge on photography, but also learned new ways to integrate other cultures and where able to connect this two subjects to raise awareness and convey a message on multiculturalism using just images.

One of the outputs of this project was a authorial project developed by the participants, which can be found HERE.

‘Displaced’ event in Greece!

Xylokastro, Greece – Some of our participants in the ‘Displaced’ Youth Exchange just organised a screening and presentation of the amazing videos and photos that resulted from the project. The event was organised with the support of our dear partner, Orfeas Organisation. Georgia Filippaki, Orfeas coordinator, said: ‘It was very interesting! The girls shared with us their experiences and presented the work of all the groups. I can say that I’m very happy because [...] the event was stimulating for the volunteers in Xylokastro who are now motivated to create videos and photo-posters about subjects that concern them!’

Thank you, Ieva, Kate, Eleni and Georgia!!! Check out the photos online.

Apna Haq Premiere in Amsterdam

Spring Swap Shop!

Amsterdam -Spring is here! Spring is here! Time to put away the winter woolies and let the sun kiss your skin!

Are your copies of ‘Feminism is for Everyone’ and ‘Consequences’ collecting dust on your bookshelf? Are you sick of wearing the same jeans over and over again? Does it feel like your kids need new clothes every 5 minutes?

Then join Voices of Women (VOW) Media for an afternoon of swapping! Bring your fly clothes, revolutionary books, funky accessories, and cutesy kids gear and swap them for new goodies!

And because we’re awesome, there’ll be a DJ spinning funky music to keep you grooving while you shop, a stylist on hand to help you put together fashionable outfits, and cupcakes, tea and coffee to keep you energized! We will also be screening kick-ass videos and exhibiting photography from our projects.

So go clean out your closets! Look for clothing (adult & children), books, and accessories (bags, scarves, jewellery, belts, etc.). The more you bring, the more you can take home!

So blow away the winter cobwebs and come to our Spring Swap Shop! And spread the word!

The funds raised from this swap will go to our upcoming project, A Day in Her Life 2014. In this three-month workshop, women working in Amsterdam’s Red Light District will be trained to use film, photography and radio to tell their own stories and take charge of the way they are represented as women and sex workers. This will be our third project in partnership with health centre P&G292. Our first two in 2010 and 2012 were wildly successful!

More info and photos of the project can be found on our website. Check out the project we did in 2010 and the one in 2012.

See you there!

When: 24th May, 11am-4pm

Where: Budapest WG-Terrein Social Space, Pesthuislaan behind the Buddha, Amsterdam

Donation: You are welcome to join us for tea, chats, screenings (for free). If you would like to participate in the swap, the recommended donation is above 5 euros (7 euros if you don’t bring any swap items)

“Displaced” joins European Alternatives!

Amsterdam – Join us on the 5th of May, at 12:30 at Tolhuistuin for a screening of the “Displaced” videos and a discussion about how participatory media projects can empower communities of women.

About the project:

“Displaced” Youth Exchange. VOW Media brought together a group of young migrant women living in Spain, Romania, Greece and the Netherlands. Over a ten-day workshop they were trained to use video and photography in order to voice their own lives and control their own images of representation. We provided a safe and creative space for participants to celebrate the multiple dimensions of their identity and share this with the world using multimedia.

In addition to exploring their identities, participants met and built solidarity with other young migrant women, together exploring issues of xenophobia and racism and the importance of combating them.

All the videos shown are shot, directed and edited by the participants!

About the event

European Alternatives is a transnational membership organisation promoting democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation state. One of the ongoing projects is the Citizens Pact. The past years concrete proposals were collected to advocate a fairer, more democratic and less discriminatory Europe. This resulted in the Citizens Manifesto. In April 2014, six camper vans will leave six cities and engage on a transnational trip, passing through a total of 18 European countries. They will visit places of local struggles and amplify their voices at the European level. The North Western caravan will arrive in Amsterdam Sunday the 4th of May. On the last day of the journey, European Alternatives: democracy, equality, culture, beyond the state will take place in Amsterdam. We celebrate liberty on 5th of May! Unfortunately not all citizens in Europe enjoy the same freedom. The event of European Alternatives calls attention to initiatives and individuals who are fighting for freedom under pressure, such as privacy, right to work, migration rights. The program will consist in screenings and discussions and an open dialogue between attendees and invited (candidate) MP’s.

VOW Media Booklets + DVDs available

VOW Media Booklets & DVDs available

* 'Displaced' Youth Exchange 2014
* Apna Haq/ Our Right 2013
* Breaking The Spell 2013
* With Love From Taiwan! 2012
* A Day In Her Life 2012
* Displaced Daughters 2011
* A Day In Her Life 2010

Please submit an inquiry to:
info [at] voicesofwomenmedia [dot] org