Job Opening: Creative and Technical Director

April 9, 2014 by

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Job Description: Creative and Technical Director

Start Date: Spring 2014

Location: New York City

 

Who We Are:

The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) is a non-profit organization that advances human rights by using digital video and other technology in courts, legislatures, and communities.  N-Map’s lawyers, advocates, and media professionals help human rights organizations integrate new technology directly into their strategies, enabling them to win their cases and campaigns more effectively and efficiently. 

N-Map works on behalf of courageous clients in areas such as unlawful detention, gender-based violence, forced evictions, prison conditions, race discrimination, criminal justice, and more.  We develop tactically sophisticated media to be used in the courtroom, legislative offices, within our clients’ communities, and for the general public.

N-Map’s innovative work was recognized in 2014 by Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, as one of 10 organizations advancing the “New Digital Age.”

 

Job Description:

N-Map is looking for an imaginative producer to join our team as the Creative and Technical Director (CTD).  The CTD will be an innovative thinker and digital media professional, with strong technical skills, who is committed to human rights. 

The CTD will work with the Executive Director and Deputy Director, and our international staff, to shape the creative vision behind our many projects and to execute that vision by producing a wide variety of media.  The CTD will collaborate with human rights defenders and lawyers around the world to produce videos and other media that can help tip the balance in their most challenging cases.  This is a rare opportunity to use creative skills to directly and immediately impact human rights work.

 

Responsibilities:

  • The CTD willwork with experienced lawyers and advocates to produce short form documentaries, campaign videos, social ads, and other kinds of media.  The CTD will manage a variety of media advocacy projects as well as manage other producers and creative teams.  This will likely include significant international travel.
  • The CTD will participate in project management, distribution strategy, client relations, and other responsibilities that go beyond media production.  The Director will be at the center of innovative advocacy campaigns on behalf of survivors of human rights violations around the world.
  • The CTD will serve as a media technology resource for N-Map, advising the organization on media technology, managing our media archive, developing and managing workflow, advising on hardware and software acquisitions, production and design technology, and more. 
  • The CTD will recruit and manage creative contractors around the world, particularly local production crews and bilingual editors.
  • The CTD will assist with project implementation, including strategic distribution, outreach, and audience engagement efforts, which are unique to each project

 

Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years experience working in documentary or television production, design or media and technology.  This is a serious requirement.  Please describe the required experience in a short cover letter.  Candidates with more experience are strongly encouraged to apply as well.
  • Ability to produce documentary film from preliminary ideation to final distribution.  The ideal candidate will be a “jack of all trades producer,” with solid editing skills and, ideally, professional videography skills or field sound recording skills.
  • Strong technical knowledge of video editing software, design software, and production equipment.
  • Other technical and design skills are a plus (but not required).  These include graphic design, motion graphics, UI design, coding, social media, etc.
  • Travel experience throughout the developing world and the ability to work effectively in physically and culturally uncomfortable environments.  This position will involve a significant amount of international travel.
  • Experience as an entrepreneur or in a startup environment (in any sector) is a significant plus.

 

Remuneration:

A competitive salary will be commensurate with experience.  Generous benefits included.

 

How to Apply:

Please send a résumé, statement of interest, and links to reels and portfolios (ideally as one attachment) to Meryl Friedman at jobs@newmediaadvocacy.org

Job Opening: Program Associate

April 9, 2014 by

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Job Description: Program Associate

Start Date: Spring 2014

Location: New York City

 

Who We Are:

The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) is a non-profit organization that advances human rights by using digital video and other technology in courts, legislatures, and communities.  N-Map’s lawyers, advocates, and media professionals help human rights organizations integrate new technology directly into their strategies, enabling them to win their cases and campaigns more effectively and efficiently. 

N-Map works on behalf of courageous clients in areas such as unlawful detention, gender-based violence, forced evictions, prison conditions, race discrimination, criminal justice, and more.  We develop tactically sophisticated media to be used in the courtroom, legislative offices, within our clients’ communities, and for the general public.

N-Map’s innovative work was recognized in 2014 by Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, as one of 10 organizations advancing the “New Digital Age.”

 

Job Description:

N-Map is looking for a Program Associate to support our growing international team.  The Program Associate will provide administrative and operational support for the organization and will have the opportunity to directly assist with many of N-Map’s cutting-edge projects.

The Program Associate will play a crucial role in organizing and coordinating complex domestic and international projects by: planning video shoots, communicating with our global network of partners, and researching a variety of human rights, technology and legal issues. The Program Associate will participate in many aspects of non-profit management, including operations, fundraising, communications, and project design and implementation.  This position may require domestic and international travel to assist with projects.

 

Responsibilities for this role include, but are not limited to:

o Providing support for the Executive Team and Project Managers, including:

  • Serving as a production assistant for field projects, and as an editorial assistant for video edits;
  • Participating in the creative and strategic development of projects;
  • Conducting research to support projects;
  • Assisting with planning domestic and international travel.

o Providing general administrative and operational support for the organization, including:

  • Drafting blog posts, presentations, and grant proposals;
  • Managing internal communications and schedules of our international staff;
  • Maintaining our contacts database;
  • Assembling grant proposals, pitches, and fundraising materials;
  • Drafting correspondence with partners and colleagues in English (and other languages, if possible).

 

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or equivalent degree required.
  • 1- 3 years of professional experience, particularly in a non-profit, startup, or social enterprise.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communications, including some experience working with people from other cultures.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be detail oriented, well-organized and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • A demonstrated commitment to human rights and public interest work.
  • Familiarity with Spanish is a huge plus, but is not necessary.
  • Knowledge of video production and editing, computer programming, or graphic design are all pluses, but not required.

 

How to Apply:

Please send a résumé and statement of interest (ideally in one attachment) to Meryl Friedman at jobs@newmediaadvocacy.org.  Applicants with graphic design and film backgrounds are encouraged to send portfolios. 

NEW MEDIA ADVOCACY PROJECT (N-MAP) AWARDED “NEW DIGITAL AGE” GRANT BY GOOGLE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN ERIC SCHMIDT

March 25, 2014 by

10 chosen grantee organizations use technology to fight crime, overcome government-sponsored censorship, and aid in disaster relief.

NEW YORK, NY (March 10, 2014)—Ten non-profits in the U.S. and abroad have been named recipients of New Digital Age Grants, funded through a $1 million donation by Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt.  The New Media Advocacy Project is one of two New York City-based groups receiving an award.

The New Digital Age Grants were established to highlight organizations that use technology to counter the global challenges Schmidt and Google Ideas Director Jared Cohen write about in their book THE NEW DIGITAL AGE, including government-sponsored censorship, disaster relief and crime fighting. The book was released in paperback on March 4.

“The recipients chosen for the New Digital Age Grants are doing some very innovative and unique work, and I’m proud to offer them this encouragement,” said Schmidt. “Five billion people will encounter the Internet for the first time in the next decade. With this surge in the use of technology around the world—much of which we in the West take for granted—I felt it was important to encourage organizations that are using it to solve some of our most pressing problems.”

The ten recipients of the New Digital Age Grants are:

  • The New Media Advocacy Project in New York, NY, is a nonprofit organization developing mobile tools to map violence and disappearances in challenging environments.  The grant will allow them to refine their novel, interactive, video-based interfaces.
  • Aspiration in San Francisco, CA, provides deep mentorship to build tech capacity supporting Africa, Asia and beyond. Their NDA grant will grow their capacity-building programs for the Global South, increasing technical capacity to meet local challenges.
  • C4ADS, a nonprofit research team in Washington, DC, is at the cutting edge of unmasking Somali pirate networks, Russian arms-smuggling rings, and other illicit actors entirely through public records. Their data-driven approach and reliance on public documents has enormous potential impact, and the grant will help with their next big project.
  • The Citizen Integration Center in Monterrey, Mexico has developed an innovative public safety broadcast and tipline system on social media. Users help their neighbors—and the city—by posting incidents and receiving alerts when violence is occurring in their communities. The grant will help them broaden their reach.
  • The Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada, is a leading interdisciplinary laboratory researching and exposing censorship and surveillance. The grant will support their technical reconnaissance and analysis, which uniquely combines experts and techniques from computer science and the social sciences.
  • The Guardian Project, based in New York City, develops open-source secure communication tools for mobile devices. ChatSecure and OSTel, their open standards-based encrypted messaging, voice and video communication services, which are both built on open standards, have earned the trust of tens of thousands of users in repressively-censored environments, and the grant will advance their technical development.
  • The Igarapé Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, focuses on violence prevention and reduction through technology. Their nonprofit work on anti-crime projects combines the thoughtfulness of a think tank with the innovative experimentation of a technology design shop. The grant will support their research and development work.
  • KoBo Toolbox in Cambridge, MA, allows fieldworkers in far-flung conflict and disaster zones to easily gather information without active Internet connections. The grant will help them revamp their platform to make it easier and faster to deploy.
  • The Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, advances open architectures and open-source innovations for a free and open Internet. The grant will assist their work with the Measurement Lab project to objectively measure and report Internet interference from repressive governments.
  • Portland State University in Portland, OR, is leading ground-breaking research on network traffic obfuscation techniques, which improve Internet accessibility for residents of repressively-censored environments. The grant will support the research of Professor Tom Shrimpton and his lab, who—with partners at the University of Wisconsin and beyond—continue to push the boundaries with new techniques like Format Transforming Encryption.

The New Digital Age Grants are being funded through a private donation by Eric and Wendy Schmidt.

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Job Opening: Human Rights Visual Media Intern

March 19, 2014 by

We’re looking for an organized, efficient intern with solid editing skills to join our team in creating digital video and other media to strengthen social justice advocacy in courts, legislatures, and communities.

Who We Are:

The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) is a non-profit organization that combats human rights violations by using digital video and other media to strengthen social justice advocacy in courts, legislatures, and communities.  N-Map was just awarded an Open Technology Institute grant by Google CEO Eric Schmidt in recognition of our work as one of 10 organizations advancing the “New Digital Age”.  N-Map’s lawyers, advocates, and media professionals help human rights organizations integrate this new technology directly into their strategies, enabling them to win their cases and achieve their clients’ goals more effectively and efficiently.

Our work spans areas such as unlawful detention, gender-based violence, forced evictions, prison conditions, race discrimination, criminal justice, and more, and is used in the courtroom, in legislative offices, within our clients’ communities, and more broadly in the public.

What You Will Do:

Be our part-time intern! We’re looking for someone to take on assistant editing for our projects, among other N-Map’s communications work. You will work with our field producers in NYC and abroad to ingest, catalog, back-up, and organize footage, integrating transcriptions from a partner organization and delivering it to an editor. You’ll be responsible for managing workflow and outputting projects for the web, film festivals, and clients. One of your primary responsibilities will be organizing and consolidating our footage collections from previous projects’ hard drives. We are a small organization, so we may ask you to help out on other projects from time to time.

If you have experience with web development and could help us tweak our WordPress website, that would be a huge plus too. Graphic design experience is also highly appreciated.

You will also have the opportunity to assist on shoots and sit in on meetings about campaign strategy with human rights organizations. And we promise, we won’t ask you to fix our iPhones.

Internship Requirements:

  • 15-20 hours/week.
  • A strong understanding of Final Cut Pro 7. (FCPx, Premiere Pro, and Avid is a plus as well)
  • Familiarity with Spanish is a plus

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please send a brief description of why you are interested and the right person for the job, and a resume to jobs@newmediaadvocacy.org by March 31st. Applicants with graphic design and film backgrounds are encouraged to send portfolios.

It’s Not Just Russia: Combating Hate Crimes in Georgia

February 21, 2014 by

The Olympic Games in Sochi has put a spotlight on Russia’s anti-gay laws. But Russia is not the only country waging a silent war on the LGBT community through homophobic legislation, hate crimes, and anti-gay movements. Our work in Georgia demonstrates an innovative grassroots effort to support the victims of this violence.

Last May, Identoba (or “Identity” in English), our partner for this video project, organized a small silent demonstration in Tbilisi to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Approximately 20,000 people came out into the streets to protest this event. Before the demonstration even began, the angry mob easily pushed through the thin police cordons that separated them from the demonstrators. The counter-demonstrators were armed with stones, heavy sticks, and chairs, and screamed, “Kill them!” and “Don’t let any of them leave here alive!”

Mere seconds before the leaders of the mob reached us, the police directed us to run onto a nearby bus. I was luckier than some of the other demonstrators—I managed to run onto one of the first buses to drive away. The mob attempted to surround and block our bus, and continued to scream threats, throwing stones and chairs at the windscreens and windows of the vehicle as the bus drove away.

I sat near Irakli Vacharadze, Identoba’s Executive Director, who is featured in this video. I overheard him calmly talk on the phone amid the chaos around us, demanding that the Ministry of Internal Affairs provide another secure location so that we could hold the demonstration. My first thought was, He is insane. We are going to get ourselves killed. But I also was overwhelmed with intense admiration. Despite the real threats to his life and physical integrity, Irakli was determined to show that the LGBT community exists in Georgia and protest against the rampant homophobia in Georgian society. And he and Identoba’s other staff members do this every day.

The events surrounding May 17 were not isolated incidents. According to a recent survey of the LGB community in Georgia, 1 in 3 respondents reported that they had experienced violence in the previous two years (2011-2012). Identoba faces serious obstacles in seeking to increase protection for LGBT people. Georgian society in general does not acknowledge that the Georgian LGBT community even exists. The community is portrayed as an outside group that is created, funded, and supported by foreign donors. And society seems to tacitly (if not explicitly) approve of the rights violations that LGBT people regularly experience, including attacks, death threats, murders, harassment, and discrimination.

In our video, some of these community members speak about the violence that they experienced. They requested that we obscure their identities in order to protect them. One interview subject told me that she feared that her young male relatives would be killed if she publicly revealed that she is transgender. Another interview subject sought asylum abroad after our shoot because he was being targeted for abuse and the Georgian authorities did not protect him.

The video seeks to strengthen Identoba’s efforts to promote accountability for hate crimes by encouraging victims to report hate crimes to Identoba and to the authorities.

Video Launch: Protecting Property Rights in Georgia

November 25, 2013 by

N-Map is pleased to announce the release of our newest film, produced in collaboration with Transparency International Georgia, discussing violations of the right to property in the Republic of Georgia.

From 2004 to 2012, the Georgian government undertook a series of economic development projects intended to improve infrastructure, encourage investment, and boost the country’s capacity for tourism.  In order to complete many of these projects, government authorities illegally expropriated private property and refused to provide compensation for the property owners.  Approximately 12,000 families were affected. The expropriations had devastating consequences for many families, particularly for families that used their land for subsistence farming.

Our new film focuses on the stories of two of the affected property owners. When these two owners challenged the expropriations, government authorities pressured them—and many others—to drop their claims to the property.  “Now I have no money and I cannot sleep well at night,” Omar, one of the owners featured in the film, told us. Boris, the other owner shown in the film, was fired from his job after he objected to the construction of a ski lift on his property. Nevertheless, they have continued to seek justice. Boris is continuing to pursue domestic remedies, and Omar’s case is pending before the European Court of Human Rights.

In October 2012, voters elected a new ruling party for the first time since 2003. Although candidates promised reform, they have not taken action. TI will use this film to encourage policy-makers to provide remedies for affected property owners and adopt legislative amendments that ensure greater legal protection for property rights.

N-Map Presents at #DHFestMexico on Video as a Legal Tool

October 16, 2013 by

 “As human rights defenders, we are not heroes, but intense citizens.  Activism is living in an intense manner.  But it is not enough, we have to implement a strategy.  And film is just that: passion combined with strategy.”

Jesus Robles Maloof (@roblesmaloof)

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Last week, N-Map’s Adam Stofsky and Abby Goldberg participated in the 6th International Human Rights Film Festival of Mexico (@dhfestmex, #DHFest), where we were honored to present our video advocacy work at the Mexican Senate and Abby served as one of six Festival Judges. Sponsored and organized by the Fundación Cinépolis, the Festival promoted the discussion of how film can increase interest and awareness of human rights issues in Mexico. The Festival directly reached more than 5,000 people!

It was an auspicious beginning. Upon arrival in Mexico City, major protests had broken out in the area near our hotel; a colleague had actually emailed us to warn us about likely violence and make sure we were safe.  Pulling up to the Hilton, we had to cross a barricade put up to protect the hotel during the protests.  It was a crude reminder of the topic we were there to discuss, human rights, in a country where these rights are deteriorating in front of our very eyes. Indeed, the Festival could not be more timely and necessary in a country where accountability for widespread impunity for human rights violations has made little progress.

N-Map Presents at the Mexican Senate

We were honored by the Festival’s invitation to share N-Map’s unique approach to the use of video as a tactical tool for human rights advocacy and law at the Mexican Senate. The presentation and panel discussion, “Video as a Legal Tool to Defend Human Rights,” showcased our strategic legal use of film in a global context and a panel of Mexican activists who applied the presentation to their own work with video in Mexico.

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N-Map Presenta a #DHFestMexico sobre el Video como Herramienta Legal

October 16, 2013 by

  “Los defensores de derechos humanos, no somos héroes, somos ciudadanos intensos.  El activimiso es vivir de una manera extrema. Somos ciudadanos que nos involucramos en nuestras comunidades.  Pero no es suficiente, tenemos que implementar estrategia.  Y el video es eso:  la pasión con la estrategia.”

– Jesus Robles Maloof (@roblesmaloof)

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La semana pasada, Adam Stofsky y Abby Goldberg de N-MAP participaron en el 6 º Festival Internacional de Cine y Derechos Humanos de México (@dhfestmex, #DHFest), donde tuvimos el honor de presentar nuestro trabajo de video como herramienta para defender los derechos humanos en el Senado; además, Abby participo como uno de los seis jueces del Festival. Patrocinado y organizado por Fundación Cinépolis, el Festival promovió la discusión de cómo el cine puede aumentar el interés y consciencia de las cuestiones de derechos humanos en México.  El Festival alcanzo a mas de 5,000 personas directamente!

Fue un comienzo auspicioso. Al llegar a la Ciudad de México, mayor manifestaciones habían estallado en la zona cerda de nuestro hotel; un colega había enviado un correo para advertirnos de la violencia y para asegurarse que estábamos seguros.  Llegando al Hilton, tuvimos que cruzar una barricada acondicionados para proteger el hotel durante las protestas.  Fue en recuerdo crudo del tema del que estábamos allí para discutir: los derechos humanos, en un país donde estos derechos se están deteriorando ante nuestros propios ojos.  De hecho, el tiempo del Festival no podría haber sido mas oportuno y necesario en un país donde la rendición de cuentas a la impunidad de violaciones de derechos humanos han hecho poco progreso.

N-Map Presenta en el Senado Mexicano

Nos sentimos honrados por la invitación del Festival para compartir el enfoque único de N-Map para el uso del video como herramienta táctica para la defensa de los derechos humanos y el derecho en el Senado de la República.  La presentación y mesa redonda, llamada, “Video como herramienta legal para defender los derechos humanos,” mostró nuestro trabajo estratégico de como húsar la película en un contexto global junto un grupo de activistas Mexicanos que aplicaron la presentación a su uso propio de la película en México.

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A First Look into Our Upcoming Advocacy Film in Georgia

July 25, 2013 by

By Elizabeth Summers

During N-Map’s shoot in Georgia this May, we interviewed a man named Boris underneath a newly built ski lift in a small town in the Upper Caucasus mountains. The Georgian government expropriated Boris’s ancestral property to build the ski lift, and he never received any compensation from the government. Boris used to graze cattle on his land, but has been left with no land and no income..

“The government did a lot,” Boris told us. He talked about the roads and the other infrastructure that the government built during the past few years. “But the problem was that they treated you as nobody, nothing.”

In the summer, the Hatzvali ski lift offers a beautiful view of Mount Ushba. Local farmers continue to graze livestock underneath the lift in some areas.

In the summer, the Hatzvali ski lift offers a beautiful view of Mount Ushba. Local farmers continue to graze livestock underneath the lift in some areas.

When I first heard that N-Map was going to work on property rights issues in Georgia, I was hesitant. I’ve always been conflicted about the idea of a human right to property. To me, the human right to property never seemed to fit in the same category as other human rights like the rights to life, equality, liberty, and health.

But during our project, I learned that the illegal property expropriation cases in Georgia are not only about the property that the government took from citizens without consultation or compensation. The cases are also about human dignity and the manner in which a democratic government should treat its people, ideas that are at the core of international human rights law.

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Launching New Video on Gender-Based Violence in Armenia: Silence Interrupted

June 12, 2013 by

Last year in Armenia, I stood with a woman discussing the pandemic of gender-based violence in her country. She was a women’s rights expert who acknowledged the prevalence of violence against women, and the even stronger prevalence of silence. I was there to shoot an advocacy film on gender based violence, and asked for help finding one of the many strip clubs in Yerevan showing scantily clad women on the façade of the building. She said she had no idea what I was talking about.  I tried to explain where I had seen the images, but she continued to tell me she didn’t think such a thing existed.  Literally minutes after leaving her office, I saw at least five of these establishments within a three-block radius.

What made her deny the clear presence of exploitative imagery? Was it denial? Or was it so deeply entrenched in Armenian culture, that she truly never noticed the commoditization of women?

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In 2012, N-Map worked with a group of women from the Women’s Resource Center of Armenia (WRC) and the Women’s Support Center (WSC) on a multi-faceted campaign to fight violence against women and children in Armenia.

Why gender-based violence in Armenia?

Armenia suffers from a long history of repression and violence. Worse, these periods of suffering have been silenced, by Armenians themselves and by the world. As many post-soviet or post-communist societies experience, liberalization leads to new inequalities based on long-standing prejudices silenced during the soviet period. In Cuba, for example, racism has been on the rise as more and more money and visitors flow to the country.  Those with family outside of Cuba – a majority of them lighter skinned – bring income into Cuba that that provides Caucasian relatives with greater social and economic status. At the same time, 90% of the Cuban Congress is Caucasian, showing the racism that has always existed in Cuba, even if it was ignored. In Armenia, as in Cuba, inequalities are suppressed, and religious and traditional values and practices are discouraged and even outlawed. Thus, many of the important movements seen in the U.S., from the Civil Rights Movement to the Women’s Movement, have not yet happened in post-soviet societies. Furthermore, laws in most of these countries, to the extent that they are enforced, generally lack protections for those who are increasingly suffering from this discrimination, often in the form of violence.

In Armenia, this violence and discrimination occurs in the home, in the streets, in schools, and in places of work, most often targeting women and girls.  There are no legal protections for victims of sexual or gender based violence, and few women report these crimes due to fear of retribution and shame. In many cases, women have trouble even recognizing that they are in fact victims of a crime.  While anecdotal evidence clearly shows otherwise, the government denies that sexual and gender based violence is a problem.  

N-Map’s work in Armenia sought to lay the groundwork for policy change and new legal protections, so that ultimately, victims of violence will be able to seek justice under Armenian law.  We set out originally to create media to support litigation of gender based violence cases, but without a law in place, the leading Armenian lawyer working on gender based violence told us there was no purpose in supporting legal work until a law is passed. 

So, where does one start? 

Well, visualizing the problem.  If you can credibly visualize the widespread violence against women and girls in Armenia, advocates have important tools at their disposal to make it impossible to deny the pervasive situation of violence facing Armenian society. 

How to do this?

We worked with our partners in Armenia to establish that reporting violence was a key obstacle to policy and legal change, and that media could help.  Our partners wanted to involve their staff in learning how to better document and use new media for their advocacy. 

We decided to follow a phased strategy.  First, we developed and led a five-day workshop in June 2012 on new media advocacy strategy and production for the staff and volunteers of WRC and WSC. As part of this workshop, the participants developed media and gained insight on the issue by working together to develop new media strategies to combat gender-based violence. The workshop was successful both in teaching new media advocacy strategy and production to Armenian women, but also greatly informed the film we ultimately created to encourage survivors of sexual and domestic violence to “break the silence”.

 A shocking realization…

After the workshop, I stayed to work with Argo, our Armenian Director of Photography to interview key characters in the fight to advance protections for women in Armenia and capture the footage needed for the film. During the additional days of shooting, several things led me to realize how dire the situation is for women in Armenia. Of course, interviewing lawyers, advocates, service providers and even a religious leader about gender-based violence in Armenia was an education in and of itself.  Planning the shoot was also insightful.  We asked to interview survivors who would be willing to speak about their experiences to encourage others to report their abuse and seek help.  Out of the hundreds of women who work with our partner organizations in Armenia, there were only two women that agreed to be interviewed.  The first was in the midst of a high profile legal case after having been trafficked to Russia and experiencing sustained abuse by her husband and in-laws. The second was a women survivor of both rape and domestic abuse, who, at the age of 35, began to write about her experience, and the experiences of other survivors. Writing these experiences did not only empower her after years of shame and suffering, but she was also able to help other women realize they are not alone. These interviews, and knowing that they were the only women in the country we could find willing to talk, were telling indicators of the extent of the problem.

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