Voice of Freedom is a participatory photography project in Israel for formerly trafficked women. The project enables the women to document their lives, feelings and experiences through the camera lens, and supports them as they create texts in their own words to accompany the images. It will culminate in exhibitions of their words and photography in Israel and the UK, and a book of their work, raising awareness of the broader issue of modern-day slavery. The project is based at the Ma’agan Safe House for trafficked women in Petach Tikva. The safe house shelters women who were trafficked to Israel, and who have now escaped. Some of the women who live there have given evidence against their former captors, as well as suffering traumatic and violent journeys at the hands of traffickers through Sudan and the Sinai desert.
Voice of Freedom is a project of the highly respected UK charity PhotoVoice, and works within the discipline of participatory photography – a recognised tool for advocacy and social activism. Participatory photography refers to projects where participants are supported to generate their own photographic work – a facilitator works with a group of people, often marginalised and/or disadvantaged, and teaches them to use a camera with the aim of supporting them to define, communicate and improve their situation.