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Creating a space for young women's voices: using 'participatory video drama' in Uganda

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This article draws upon research that explored the experiences of young women in relation to sexual health in Uganda with a view to enhancing gender-sensitive strategies. We have coined the phrase 'participatory video drama' to describe the exploratory methodology that the young women participants in our research used to present stories about their lives. The aim of this article is to suggest that 'participatory video' (PV) and 'participatory video drama' (PVD) are innovative methodological tools to utilise when working with participants who experience voicelessness in their everyday lives. We contribute to an emerging body of work around this methodology by suggesting that the process of PV provides a novel and engaging platform for participants to express their experiences. PVD further creates spaces for the performative exploration of embedded power relations and is therefore informative and has the potential to be transformatory and empowering.

Keywords: Uganda; empowerment; participatory video; young women

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK 2: Centre for Development Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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