Collecting and Centering Communities’ Voices

Collecting and Centering Communities’ Voices

Virtual Capacity-Building Workshop

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

As part of this year’s “Correcting the Record: Building Inclusive, Equitable and Engaged Societies One Narrative at a Time” global initiative, the Coalition hosted a four-hour virtual capacity-building workshop, “Collecting and Centering Communities Voices,” on May 24, 2022. The Workshop aimed to enhance Coalition members’ skills when carrying out community-based oral history, archiving and/or documentation projects. 

The “Collecting and Centering Communities Voices” workshop built on the “Transformative Documentation: New Approaches to Community-Driven Documentation Initiatives” workshop held in December 2020 and on the documentation work carried out by the Coalition’s GIJTR team, and focused on centering community voices through shifting power within our organizations and adopting empowering, sensitive and non-re-traumatizing approaches to story collection and safeguarding. The Workshop supported the development of a one-of-a-kind methodology that allows Sites of Conscience around the world to recalibrate their repositories in order to amplify marginalized voices, promote more inclusive public narratives, and mitigate discrimination and exclusion.

Relevant Resources

Living Archives

An introductory toolkit for civil society organizations in the creation of human rights oral archives and organizing their documentation. Developed by the Coalition’s Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation (GIJTR) department.

Download here.

Transformative Documentation

This global meeting, Transformative Documentation: New Approaches to Community-Driven Documentation Initiatives, was hosted by the Asia and the Pacific Sites of Conscience Network in December 2020.

Watch here.

Body-Mapping Through Advocacy

In this toolkit, Shirley Gunn, Director of the Human Rights Media Center in South Africa, offers a step-by-step guide to one such technique called body mapping, in which one tells a story through a life-sized drawing of her or his body.

Download here.

Empowering, Sensitive and non Re-Traumatizing Approaches to Story Collection

Access all resources and findings of the event on this padlet.