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VISUALIZING THE VOICES OF MIGRANT WOMEN WORKERS

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2017-2018

This project was a collaboration between Dr. Vivian Wenli Lin, Co-Founder of Voices of Women Media, and Dr. Julie Ham, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong, and was supported by the HKU Knowledge Exchange Fund granted by the University Grants Committee. 

EXHIBITION

THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

11 FEBRUARY - 5 MARCH 2017

This exhibition featured stories of journeys, work abroad and letters home as visualized by migrant women including migrant sex workers, domestic workers, marriage migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, women who have been trafficked, and informal workers. These participatory media projects with women in The Netherlands, India, Nepal, Taiwan, Indonesia and Hong Kong were based on Dr. Vivian Wenli Lin's research with Voices of Women (VOW) Media titled 'Visualizing Our Voices: Self-made Audiovisual Media by Women from Social, Economic and Cultural Margins in the Era of Global Migration'. The exhibition was launched with a panel discussion with Lin Chew (Executive Director, Institute of Women's Empowerment), Pooja Pant (Co-Director, Voices of Women Media - Nepal), Eni Lestari (Chairperson, International Migrants Alliance), Freya Chou (Curator of Education and Public Programmes, Para Site), and Dr. Ju-chen Chen (Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong).

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PARTICIPATORY 

VIDEO 

WORKSHOPS

VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN HONG KONG

12 FEBRUARY - 2 APRIL 2017

Approximately 50 participants from domestic worker, asylum seeker, and ethnic minority communities in Hong Kong learned how to script, direct, shoot and produce short videos over eight workshops. In total, 43 short videos were produced by participants.

CREATED BY PARTICIPANT SUSAN R. LORIA (SUE)
FROM THE DOMESTIC WORKER EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

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This selection of videos offer a thoughtful glimpse into the lives and aspirations of domestic workers, asylum-seekers, refugees, migrants and ethnic minorities. Many of the videos shared encounters and experiences with the city. Some videos produced by participants offered a glimpse of domestic workers' days off, while many shared the everyday realities of domestic work. Participants' videos provided new ways to think about what we see or don't see - in Hong Kong and in each other.

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VIDEO SCREENING

AND AWARD CEREMONY

THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

23 APRIL 2017

All participants were awarded a certificate of participation. Judges Dr. Ju-chen Chen (Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong), Freya Chou (Para Site) and Robert Godden (Rights Exposure Project, Hong Kong) selected and presented awards for some of the outstanding videos. Participants also prepared a fashion show, showcasing their cultural costumes, and singing performances.

SELF-CARE

WORKSHOPS

THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

 FEBRUARY - APRIL 2017

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A series of self-care workshops on happiness, well-being and mindfulness was provided by Lin Chew, Executive Director of Institute of Women Empowerment. 

PUBLIC SCREENINGS

AND EXHIBITIONS