Participatory visual methodologies such as Photovoice enable participants to elicit evidence about their health and well-being by producing visual data using their own identities and life experiences. These methods are recognised as being effective in providing access to the opinions and needs of the communities, by transforming participants from passive research subjects into active agents of change, being involved in defining the problem as well as in the development and dissemination of knowledge.
Armed with special training received in Kathmandu, the participants of this project - as novice photographers - retrace both their own experiences and the difficulties and suffering endured by their peers with uterine prolapse, pathology affecting nearly a million women in Nepal.
Their first photo essay enabled the Nepal Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (NESOG) to produce two brochures intended for awareness-raising.
The aim of this project, called “Women Fight Against Prolapse”, is to build community awareness through a peer health education initiative, by training ordinary women to become active in increasing the knowledge held by their peers and creating a network of women involved in the fight against uterine prolapse, with the hope of contributing to social change through the power of images.
The exhibition will also be presented from April 3 to May 26, 2018, UNIGE Exhibition Hall, Uni Carl Vogt, 66 Boulevard Carl-Vogt