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.
The first Voice of Freedom workshops took place in October 2013 – you can see powerful work created by the women here. Voice of Freedom exhibited work at the London Art Fair in January 2014.
Amnesty International UK will host a major exhibition of work from the project from March 20 to April 6, 2014. Please join us for a special celebration event on the evening of April 2 – all welcome. You’ll be able to meet the team, activists from the UK Eritrean community and hear director Leila Segal speak about the situation on the ground with the Eritrean and Ethiopian women in Israel.
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.