Media And Journalism
The role of media and journalism is often underplayed in creating a legitimate voice for survivors of gender based violence (GBV) - both for women and men. The concept of stigmatization and humiliation are often under-expressed due to societal, political and religious taboos. The consequences of 'coming out' as a survivor of GBV in many cultures can only mean drastically negative consequences. We believe that the powerful and ethical 'arms' of responsible journalists and media professionals can catalyze survivors' empowerment, prevent GBV, and gradually work toward stancing armed violence. Please see the list of exceptional journalists and media-professionals on the left-hand column of this page (Journalists+GBV), who have risked their lives to report on armed conflicts! We are in discussion with some of them to provide a safe platform for diaspora and dissident voices. Tufts University in the USA offers an excellent example via their Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice, founded and directed by Gary Knight of photo agency VII. The Program gives students the skills to "explain the world around them to the people around them" through multi-media stories that are narrative and compelling.
Currently in Far East Asia, we are seeing growing disquiet accompanied by the recent regime change in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea under Kim Jong-Un.
Described on this link is a short concept-note on training DPRK diaspora on media/journalism to provide a safe platform to support their Article 19 rights.
Here is a condensed story of a woman defector from DPRK, Mrs. Park now resettled in the United Kingdom, who survived human-trafficking. Her story is featured on Panos London's Illuminating Voices program and also on our home page! Our intentions for Far East Asia are to empower survivors' voices though journalism, and to catalyze conflict-resolution to stance armed violence, as we see growing tension in this region.