Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Hindu article on September 29

Network of women video bloggers to be created Prakash Kamat

Last date for sending applications for training programme is October 21

Women Aloud: Video blogging for Empowerment is a Goa-based project

Panaji: Two women documentary filmmakers, who won an international award for their women’s empowerment project, plan to base their project in Goa.

Sapna Shahani and Angana Jhaveri are the first Indian winners of the U.S. based MacArthur Foundation and HASTAC’s (University of California/Duke University Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology collaborative initiative) Digital Media and Learning competition.

Their proposed project “Women Aloud: Video blogging for Empowerment” (WAVE) was one of the 19 projects selected from a pool of 700 from the U.S. and four other countries. This is the first time that proposals were invited from India for grants towards innovation in participatory learning using new digital media technologies.

Ms. Shahani (31), a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, who moved back to India to start a community media-based project, is presently in Goa doing the ground work for the project.

“After having worked as a manager of a community media centre in Berkeley, California, for six years, I came back to India to pursue the burgeoning field in India. I am thrilled that the award gives us a platform to demonstrate the vast potential of using media as a tool for development in India,” said Ms. Shahani, who wrote the winning proposal with Angana Jhaveri.

The project aims to create a network of women video bloggers who can tell stories about their communities..

“I am really looking forward to interacting one-on-one with women, hearing their stories, and helping them create videos that we will upload on the internet. Nothing is more exciting for me than sharing the joy of creating videos,” said Angana.

For the WAVE project, applications are sought from Indian women between ages of 18 and 25 who are interested in learning to use media tools to help their communities. For details, contact: Sapna Shahani on: 9819829310 or Angana Jhaveri on Ph: 9820302412. Or, write to:

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