Campaign unsuccessfully ended on: 19 Dec,2015
What is the project about
Women in between: Love, Honor and Shame - is a web interactive documentary, a virtual journey in the Mediterranean region to explore stories of women that have been victims of violence and social exclusion but yet have found the strength to struggle for empowerment. Their stories will set an example for others that have been victims of a culture based on honor and shame. The honor of the family, the feeling of shame, the social exclusion all leading to violent acts against women and in between love, love for oneself and being in love. The personal stories of women will bring to light broader issues of economic crisis, immigration, domestic violence, femicide, social exclusion, family shame, forbidden abortions, arranged marriages and ostracized single mothers.
Stories of women in form of short documentaries, photo-reportage's, animation and multimedia videos, will be presented in a web interactive documentary, where the viewer will be able to navigate in the Mediterranean Sea –through interactive maps and features - and reflect on issues of violence and empowerment presented on six chapters. Each chapter refers to one of the six countries through which we will travel to –Tunisia, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Morocco and Spain. A virtual dialogue of Women in Between bordered countries. At the end of this virtual journey one will have the possibility to act and participate in a more meaningful way against violence. A live mapping of the local and international groups and NGO's who work on women rights and gender-based violence would give the possibility to women who seek help and also to every viewer who wants to become more involved to find the nearest group and/or action in his/her region.
Woman in Kairouane, Tunisia - 2011New media and interactive technologies is nowadays being used widely in journalism and documentary, in order to reach wider audience and create greater impact on social issues. We decided to use this distribution channel because we believe that information and education are two very important factors on the fight against violence. We want to reach wider audience and engage it- especially younger people- in a participatory way. Our aim is not only to inform but also to call for reflection, personal involvement and finally action against violence. This new media narrations can be used effectively to any campaign, educational course, lecture, seminar etc. related to these topics. The web platform will be designed to work in low connections and launched under Creative Commons license so that anyone may have access to its content and permission to share with others.
Demonstration in Av. Habib Bourguiba, Tunis - 2011
Why we ask for your support
We launch this campaign in order to cover production costs such as: translation, travel, web design and web hosting costs of the prototype platform and the audiovisual chapter of Women in Between in Tunisia. The Tunisian chapter will be shot in three rural areas: El Kef, Jendouba North Tunisia and Kasserine west-central Tunisia close to Jbel Ch3mbi (Chaambi’s mountain). The content will present the woman’s conditions in rural areas related to:
- facilitate access to gynecologic clinics to prevent pregnancies, abortion, and medical treatment for women (Kasserine).- single mothers in rural areas
- stories of women empowerment
What we have accomplished so far
We have been working on this project for the past 2 years by our own means. We have finished the screenplay and written a presentation of the project. In 2014 we received a travel grand from the European cultural foundation to travel to Tunisia, which permitted us to conduct field investigation, establish partnerships with local groups and associations and start filming in the province of el Kef. During our field investigation we met Chiraz and Wahida who accepted to share their stories with us.
Chiraz moved to el Kef when her family isolated her for being a single mother of 2 children. There she met Wassila and other women of the Chrichi community who supported her during this difficult period of her life.
Wahida lives in Kasserine and opened the first
craft shop with products made by women of the area. A space where women can
meet, share their problems, work together, participate in workshops and seminars.
Chiraz - Chrichi community, el Kef, Tunisia - 2014
We are currently developing partnerships with local and international groups and NGO's who will provide us with technical support and contacts with local communities in all six countries and a financial plan to meet our objectives. The Tunisian cartoonist Nadia Kiari (author of the Willis from Tunis) has agreed to produce the animations related to the Tunisian chapter of the project.
The success of this crowd funding campaign will enable us to continue the production of the Tunisian chapter and also design and launch a prototype of the Web Interactive Platform, which will allow us to gain insight by the users' feedback in order to improve the prototype and release the final version. The feedback of the users will be used in the final design of the platform. We count on your feedback not only for this campaign but also for the social issues this project represents. We want you to be part of this project in all possible ways.
Help us reach our total goal and help us give voice
to more women.
With 18.000$ we will cover our travel, production and translation costs for 6 months and also the costs for the design and hosting of the Interactive Web Platform Prototype with the complete chapter of Tunisia [documentaries, photography, animated videos, graphics and multimedia videos].
If you help us reach the milestone of 10.000$ your contribution would still be very valuable to us since we will be able to cover production,animation, web design, translation and travel costs for 6 months in order to finish the production of the entire Tunisian chapter and present the stories of women through documentaries, photo-reportages, animated videos, graphics and multimedia videos on a professional Website that will run online as a prototype presentation of the web platform of the project.
If you help us reach the milestone of 6.000$ we will be very thankful since we will be able to finish the shootings for the Tunisian chapter and present the stories of women through documentaries and photo-reportages on a professional Website that will run online as a prototype presentation of the web platform of the project. This will cover the production, web design, translation and travel costs in Tunisia for 6 months.
Any donation or share from you
can make this project real.
Donate and join us on this journey!
All contributions will be rewarded! Please check out the donation tiers on the right!
All tiers will be designed from the Twiza collective. Twiza is a cultural open space in the heart of the Medina in Tunis, where local and international activists and artists meet and share their experience with the local community through cultural events and workshops.
Don't wait: make a pledge today and be part of this journey!
Any contribution, no matter how small, will make a difference since any dollar you donate will be doubled thanks to Zoomal and Hivos.
Other Ways You Can Help
There are other ways to support us, if you cannot donate:
Spread the word by telling your friends, family and everyone you know about our crowdfunding campaign. Share the link on your Facebook, Twitter and Blog.
[Like] us on Facebook
[Follow] us on Twitter @womeninbetween
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If only in the European Union, over one in five women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a partner. If only over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides. If only the rates of domestic violence have increased greatly during the time of crisis. If only austerity measures led to public budget cuts leaving women victims of violence or single mothers unable to provide for their children anymore, more vulnerable than before. What if we could turn those numbers to actual voices? What tools can we, as artists, provide on the fight to eliminate violence against women?
The web documentary [Women in Between] was born from those questions. Reading news and reports related to violence against women we identified the need for education, advocacy and action on the issue. The need for audiovisual material, presented in one place, of several topics related to women rights violations in a specific region, like the Mediterranean, and not only on a case by case presentation. A need to create an audiovisual tool that could be used effectively to any campaign, educational course, lecture, seminar etc. related to these topics. But mostly a need to find a way to engage the audience in a more participatory way.
"Send a postcard to end violence against women" - The maboula collective
A week away from 25 Nov- International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - and we decided to make it a week of reflection. One day is not enough if we really want to end with violence. Stay tuned for our postcard campaign tomorrow and participate in the debate in FB, Twitter use the #womeninbetween
"Send a postcard to end violence against women" a campaign to raise awareness by maboula collective
25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. But one day is not enough we need to Speak Out and Break the Silence all year long. Share this email, send the postcards and support our project to help us give voice to women victims of violence, but mostly help us create a tool for awareness and social change. Information-Education-Action is what we aim to accomplice with this project. Violence against women can be eliminated if both men and women work together to build strong relations and create an equal social environment for younger generations. We would like to thank all of you that have supported us so far, we have 15 days left to make our crowdfunding campaign on Zoomaal a successful one and we need your help to continue Spread the Word. Follow us also on social media for updates Facebook Twitter or send us email info[@]maboula-production.com
Maboula collective production is a cultural association with horizontal structure. We are a collective of photographers, cinematographers, graphic and web designers based in the Mediterranean region. We believe that the audiovisual presentation of stories and news can build cultural bridges…Full biography