Ethical Storytelling and Photography Fellowship 2023 (Kenya)
Empowering Trafficking Survivors through Visual Arts and Storytelling
Embrace the power of visuals and videos in storytelling! The Azadi Kenya-Ethical Storytelling project aims to create an ethical and accessible archive for survivors of trafficking, utilizing the power of visuals and videos in storytelling. Through a fellowship program, survivor leaders are being trained in photography, videography, and ethical storytelling techniques. The project also incorporates art therapy as a means to promote healing and recovery from trauma. By adopting a survivor-led storytelling approach, the project seeks to address the misrepresentation of survivor experiences and the lack of representation and inclusion in policy processes. The project’s goals encompass promoting ethical storytelling, focusing on mental health and well- being, providing capacity development for survivor leaders, and raising awareness through policy and advocacy efforts. The archive will serve as a resource accessible to society at large, aiming to educate and inspire change within the anti-trafficking space. An essential aspect of the project lies in survivor leadership and advocacy, with a survivor leader spearheading the initiative. The project recognizes the unique authenticity of each survivor’s story and highlights the importance of their voices in shaping understanding and responses to trafficking: No one can tell your story with the same authenticity as you.