The mission of WAVE is twofold: to encourage young women to articulate their views about subjects that matter to their communities, and to present these views to the world on an online forum, thereby bringing about a change in age-old attitudes.One young woman from every state in India was selected for a 9-month mentorship program, and provided with video equipment, intensive training and monthly stipends for participating in the project.
Wave is a unique digital platform for young women from various socioeconomic backgrounds to communicate their ideas, exhibit their potential and voice their opinions on issues that matter through video blogs.
A key activity of this programme has been the mentorship in ICT skills provided to these women. Over the past year, they were trained to script, shoot, edit and upload videos online and made aware of free online tools such as Yousendit, Google docs, mpeg streamclip, Facebook etc. WAVE’s philosophy is that young women in India need be heard and encouraged to analyze the problems in their communities and then, if possible, go on to become leaders who provide effective solutions to these problems.
Winner of Manthan Awards 2010, Digital Inclusion for Development, South Asia (Category - E-Learning , Special Mention & Jurors' Distinctions)
These young women will serve as ambassadors for their communities, which were previously almost invisible, engaging the outside world through the images communicated on the video blog. With its first-of- its-kind citizen journalism program, WAVE aims to share compelling videos that start conversations and go beyond boundaries to enable the exchange of novel solutions.
People-centred advocacy aims at influencing societal attitudes and sociopolitical processes that enable and empower the citizens to speak for themselves. In contrast to traditional approaches to advocacy that seek to effect policy change, participatory advocacy aims towards social transformation. Beginning in September 2009, WAVE established the first nationwide women videobloggers’ network, bringing a new ICT medium to the work of women’s empowerment.
WAVE, which was an inspired idea of Sapna Shahani (Director) and Angana Jhaveri (Mentor), took flight when their proposal won a grant from 2009 Digital Media and Learning Competition (DML) sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation andHASTAC in the U.S. In India, Point of View, an non-governmental organization in Mumbai, that has worked towards promoting women’s points of view through the media, is our fiscal sponsor.
In the future, they hope to maintain our annual mentorship program with continued support from philanthropic foundations, and also provide part-time employment to the graduates of our program by running a grassroots production house on a social entrepreneurship model.
Digital Knowledge Center (DKC) is an initiative of Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) & National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) to function as an ‘Online repository’ of best digital contents for development in India and South Asia.
With the incoming of new technology in ICT and digital content technology along with various technology delivery platforms, a lot many interventions in digital content have been taking place in South Asia. Interventions are visible in all major areas – Education, Learning, Health, Governance, Entertainment, Localization, Commerce, Culture, Environment, Tourism, Infrastructure and so on. Creation of digital content, its deployment, service delivery and usage has increased each day.
While these developments are taking place, it is equally critical to have these interventions and practices shared, exchanged, and deployable from one place to another. For this to happen, one needs to have a resource bank available for learning, sharing and replication. Digital Knowledge Centre works as such a platform in audio-visual documentation format, which provides solutions to many of our social, economic, cultural and governance challenges.