in the city. What visions of civic ecology emerge from the community of practice of urban gardeners working to establish a permanent space for their activities? We reflexively examine how our own Photovoice research process facilitated discussion of
A Photovoice Study with Urban Gardeners in Lisbon, Portugal
Krista Harper and Ana Isabel Afonso
their family and community to provide support and guidance ( Brown et al. 2007 ). Project Overview This project employed a Participatory Action Research (PAR) method called Photovoice. Photovoice, a recent development in action research, is a grassroots
Using Photovoice to Address Stigma in the Age of AIDS
Learning Together Project
Learning Together Project
Th e photographs in this essay were taken by grade eight and nine girls in one rural school in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in response to the question: What is the face of stigma in our community in the context of HIV and Aids? Th e girls used inexpensive point-and-shoot cameras to document the issues on location at their school, staging scenes that tell critical stories of the impact of stigma on the community. Once they had taken the photographs they developed captions which speak to the issues that they were working to represent. Some wrote in isiZulu while others chose to write in English. Th e isiZulu captions were translated into English. The images in this photovoice project help to identify, understand and interpret incidents related to stigma and discrimination against people living with, and aff ected by, HIV and AIDS.
Cora-Lee Conway and Simone Viger
On 11 October 2012, the Institute of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies (IGSFS) of McGill University, Montreal, hosted an international research symposium to coincide with the first International Day of the Girl Child. The symposium, Girlhood Studies and the Politics of Place: New Paradigms of Research, exhibited HearSay, HereSay, HerSay, a photovoice project from the Girls’ Multimedia Club afterschool program for girls. Delivered by the Girls Action Foundation, this program, now in its third year, offers multimedia skill-building for girls as a tool for personal growth and social change. The fifth and sixth grade girls (aged between 10 and 13 years) in the HearSay, HereSay, HerSay project explored the theme of safety, doing so through their photos of the places and spaces they navigate every day around their school. Their photos and corresponding captions tell stories about friendship, loss, and aspiration that shed light on their day-to-day realities and experiences. The combination of image and text presented in this photo-essay chronicles the process involved in creating a space where this kind of media-enabled exploration for girls is possible.
In the call for articles for this special issue on girls’ health, we highlighted that “[g]irls’ health is an ongoing and evolving issue with ties that go beyond medical analyses to include a wide array of social, educational, political, and environmental discourses (among others!).” Th at a number of different perspectives might contribute to or strengthen the interdisciplinary focus of an issue as crucial as girls’ health was important to me as guest editor. Th is issue demonstrates that the relationship of girlhood to health—sexual health, in particular—is of critical concern to us all. It is an area full of challenges and barriers, most of them, as is evident in this issue, understood and often expressed by girls themselves. The articles presented here point to the many perspectives from which to approach this topic. Girls’ sexual health is linked to an array of intersecting issues including the pedagogical influences of popular romance literature; the ways in which girls use blogs to construct counter narratives about their sexual identity; how girls’ increased inclusion in citizenship discourses can increase their capacity to address sexual objectification; what girls do to negotiate power within their heterosexual relationships; how barriers to water access in Africa can lead to the awareness of the risks—which range from being perceived to be promiscuous to being raped—that young women face; as well as how the (mis)management of menstruation can affect girls’ education. This issue points to the global and local specifics of sexual health, and to health more generally. Th e concerns discussed here are geographically wide-ranging: Cameroon, Lesotho, Australia, the United States, and Canada provide the settings—some urban and others rural. Th e authors present a wide range of methodologies from which they explore girls’ health: literary analysis; autoethnography; and participatory methods such as digital storytelling, mediamaking, listening to what young people have to say in various research paradigms, blogging, and photovoice.
Rethinking the Politics of Engagement
Xuan Thuy Nguyen
research team engaged in the critical work of inclusion through the use of participatory visual methodologies ( Mitchell 2011 ), such as photovoice and drawing, within the Monitoring Educational Rights of Girls with Disabilities project (see De Lange et al
Girls with Disabilities Exhibit their Work
Naydene de Lange, Nguyen Thi Lan Anh, and Nghiem Thi Thu Trang
about, we engaged the 21 girls in a range of visual methods—drawing, photovoice, and the making of policy posters. The girls worked in seven groups, each of which had a facilitator who was a disabled woman who had been recruited and trained to perform
The Significance of Place for Girls and Girlhood Studies
research methodologies used by the authors of Girlhood and the Politics of Place include tools and strategies that foreground girls’ voices, their own perspectives and lived experiences. For example, Lysanne Rivard uses photovoice with Rwandan schoolgirls
, the research of Mitchell et al. (2016) on embodiment and visual ethics with disabled girls in Vietnam provides valuable insights; through a photovoice project, the authors examined issues of anonymity in relation to the practice of using conventional
Addressing Early and Forced Marriage in South Africa
Sadiyya Haffejee, Astrid Treffry-Goatley, Lisa Wiebesiek, and Nkonzo Mkhize
, drawing, cellphilms, asset mapping, and photovoice to enable girls to engage actively and meaningfully in the project as co-researchers. Recognizing those with whom we work as experts on their own lives, we engage with them as partners in the research