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20/20 LWS Photovoice
Transcript of 20/20 LWS Photovoice
WHAT IS PHOTOVOICE?
Questions to consider:
- What do you
- What’s really
- How does this relate to
does this problem or situation exist?
- How could this image
- What can we
about the problem or situation?
Ground-breaking approach to participatory action research used as a tool of empowerment and social change
The intermingling of pictures and words to tell a story
Developed by Dr. Caroline Wang, University of Michigan School of Public Health professor
Designed to empower marginalized groups to “IDENTIFY, REPRESENT and ENHANCE their community through photography."
This particular Photovoice was community-driven
HONOR & RECOGNITION
WHAT DID WE FIND?
How do we use this to move forward with the mission of Sister Love, Inc.?
We have the unique opportunity to empower the community with additional knowledge to better serve the needs of HIV+ women and their communities.
What is Photovoice?
Opportunities and Challenges
What is Photovoice?
Opportunities and Challenges
Dr. Dazon Dixon Diallo, Dr. Cheryl 'Abeo' Jones, J'Maica Hunter, Taylor McEwen, Chenoa Murray, Kedrick Williams, & Shanice Williams
Through a partnership between Sister Love, Inc. and
Morehouse School of Medicine's Master of Public Health Program
Dedicated to courageous women everywhere who devote their lives to educating and empowering their beloved communities.
AFTER 5 AFFAIR & CELEBRATION
Happiness, glitz and glamor, and celebration
= Destigmitizing HIV; Increase awareness; Improve self image
= HIV has no face; Their health effects our health because it impacts the
greater good of the community
= Sexual encounters, from mother to child, needle sharing, blood
= Educate people that there are women in their community that are
making a difference and trying to prevent this issue from destroying
= Get involved with community organizations to empower these women
to continue to be leaders and educators in the community
AFTER 5 AFFAIR & CELEBRATION PHOTOS
= African American woman and White woman taking a picture and hugging
= Diversity, bonding, and love
= 25 million people living with HIV/AIDS live in sub-Saharan Africa, 5
million in Asia and the Pacific and 1.3 million in Eastern Europe and
= There is no problem because this picture exemplifies unity and love
= We can build one another up regardless of your ethnicity or age and
come together for a greater cause
= We each bring different resources & perspectives to the table. Doing
activities like this increase sisterhood & HIV awareness
HONOR & RECOGNITION PHOTOS
HONOR & RECOGNITION
HONOR & RECOGNITION
= Certificates of honor, limousine ride, chair draped in gold fabric propped
= Celebration, positivity and recognition
= Leaders can arise in any situation or circumstance. It is important to recognize who these
people are that are trying to make changes in our communities for the better.
=This particular situation does not portray a problem because women are being
recognized and celebrated for their hard work and accomplishments
= It is a teaching moment for everyone because just because someone is affected by HIV,
it does not mean that their voice is not loud enough to make changes in their
= We can continue to recognize these women and make sure that their work is recognized
and continues to have an impact on others
EVERYDAY WOMEN PHOTOS
= Woman smiling and preparing to iron her clothes for the event,
bottle of medication, and a woman who is laughing
= Excitement and everyday life duties
= Everyone goes through their daily routines, such as ironing
clothes and this shows that these women do the same thing
= Life requires everyone to complete daily duties and
responsibilities, such as ironing clothes, brushing teeth, etc.
= No matter your situation, circumstance or condition….
everyone goes through life issues
= We can continue to show everyday images like this one, in
order to stress that these women are the same as everyone else
PURPOSE OF 20/20 LEADING WOMEN SOCIETY EVENT
PURPOSE OF 20/20 LWS EVENT PHOTOS
= Sign that recognizes these women as unique and important leaders and
20/20 LWS event items, such as a cup or book
= Display of event items and recognition of these women
= Everyone should be on display for their success or accomplishments
= There are not enough women with HIV getting recognized for being leaders
and providing awareness to others
= People can be educated on what leadership means to them
= We can find other HIV leaders in various communities and assure that they
are recognized for their efforts
"Finally a part of
ROLE MODEL PHOTOS
= Milestone for women that are ages 57-64+ that have been living with HIV and
Dr. Diallo wearing a diva jacket with the AIDS Awareness Ribbon
= These women are still living with HIV and they are role models in their
community, while Dr. Diallo is a role model to many of these women because
she is passionate about this population and displays that in her jacket.
= Role models are people that positively affect our lives and help/lead us in our
life journey and people that we can look up to
=Sometimes people have no role models or leaders to guide them in their life
= Leaders can arise in several communities whether HIV+ or not
= We can learn from these women and become role models and leaders in our
TRIUMPH & HAPPINESS
TRIUMPH & HAPPINESS PHOTO
= Woman taking a picture outside her room with a
view of the city
= Coming out on top; triumph and happiness
= Everyone deserves happiness
=Happiness is correlated with better health for
individuals, communities and even countries.
= It is important to take time out in life and
capture the moments that are in front of us
= Live life with a purpose
= Woman holding up love sign with her hand
= It is important to love yourself
= Being yourself is difficult without self-love
= Everyone should love who they are
=Love yourself and love others
Continue to promote 20/20 LWS
Increase awareness by educating
Conduct a larger-scale Photovoice
Discussion of ongoing community
action strategies that address
HIV in women
40 women were provided with cameras for the 3-day weekend event
Interviewed 10 participants
*Throughout this presentation, excerpts from the interviews will be quoted in the color
"An opportunity at a second chance at life for me and to be a light for other people."
"Being able to live my life on a normal basis..."
"We look furious but graceful all at the same time."
"...Reach out to other people involved with this type of illness, you know."
"Grace, that’s what we are."
"...When i was inducted it meant I was a part of something that could not be broken. I was a part of something much bigger than I and it was so overwhelming."
..."deal with life on life’s terms."
"I admire them because of their strength."
"Become a part for other women…I'm free. I've made it."
SYMPATHY & REFLECTION
"When people don’t understand that then that’s ignorance...
I need to let you know this stuff is real."
SYMPATHY & REFLECTION PHOTOS
= Lighting candles in honor of women that have
passed from HIV
= Sympathy and reflection
= Many people can relate to losing someone
= It is important to reflect and recognize those lives
that have been lost because of battle of a disease
= Life is precious and we have to embrace every
moment we have on this earth
= Never forget and continue to remember those that
have come before us and fought the good fight
“After the experience of this weekend, these women will go home INCREASED!!!”
“Being inducted into this society . . . it’s an affirmation that I’m doing what I should be doing!!!!
“God blessed me with HIV and the voice to spread awareness on HIV . . . it’s as simple as that!”
“HIV jumpstarted my life . . .
it gave me purpose and a reason to live!!”
"To anyone out there that is just newly diagnosed, don’t give up. Continue to stay in the fight and be strong and you will overcome."
“The thing that keeps me going is my business, new choices.
With knowledge comes wisdom, with wisdom comes new choices”.
"...you have to reach out.
I want to help my sisters."
= Various bonding activities
= Love, friendship, and support
= Everyone needs love, support and friendship in
= It is important to our well-being to have a support
system and not feel alone
= We must stress the importance of increasing
activities for the health our communities
= We can continue to hug, love and support others
A very special thank you to...
Dr. Cheryl 'Abeo' Jones
Dr. Dazon Dixon Diallo
Sister Love, Inc. Staff
Members of the 20/20 LWS