Archive for February, 2011

Women and Child Laborers on Tobacco Farms in Kenya Speak Out (Free Workshop 23 Feb 2011)

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Women for Justice in Africa and Marty Otanez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Denver, have organized a free side event at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York on 23 February 2011.

The event- a workshop- is called “Working Our Rights Away: Women and Child Laborers on Tobacco Farms in Kenya Speak Out,” and will help participants learn to use stories of women and child laborers on tobacco farms in Kenya to create successful policy and advocacy campaigns that address the rights violations they face. Participants will obtain tips for using digital stories to show how transnational companies profit from child labor and indecent work in tobacco growing developing countries.

The free workshop is scheduled from 3-6pm on Wednesday 23 February 2011. The venue is the Conference Room (1st floor), Uganda Mission in New York, 336 East 45th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), New York 10017. The subway stop is Grand Central.

Call Marty at 415 306 4754 in the U.S. if you have questions or need clarification.

To confirm participation, please send an email to Mary Okioma, okioma_mary@yahoo.com

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Visualizing Health and Gender Equity: Views from Tobacco Fields in Kenya (Free Workshop 24 Feb 2011)

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Women for Justice in Africa and Marty Otañez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Denver, have organized a free side event at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW 2011).

The event- a workshop- is called “Visualizing Health and Gender Equity: Views from Tobacco Fields in Kenya,” and will show participants how to use imagery and digital storytelling techniques to advance women and children rights. We will integrate maternal health issues and the experiences of child labourers on tobacco farms in Kenya and show brief social documentaries developed after visits to Kenya’s tobacco farms in January 2011.

The free workshop is scheduled from 2.30-4.30 pm on Thursday 24 February 2011. The venue is Hess Commons, Ground Floor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 722 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032. Parking is available in Washington Heights. The subway stop is 168th Street (lines A, C, 1).

For more details email marty.otanez@ucdenver.edu if you have have questions or need clarification.

To confirm participation, please send a blank email to wojacsweventonfeb24@yahoo.com

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What is it like to be a pregnant woman farming tobacco in Kenya? (DRAFT)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

First in a series of short videos about child labor and inequality among women and girls on tobacco farms in Kenya.

Producers
Marty Otañez, www.sidewalkradio.net
Mary Okioma, Women for Justice in Africa (Kenya)

Funds provided by the International Labor Rights Forum

30 January 2011

The Marlboro Train (2007)

Monday, February 7th, 2011

4 minute video about the failed Philip Morris’ Marlboro Train marketing scheme. First episode in a series of episodes about searching the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library at the University of California, San Francisco, to understand the practices of cigarette manufacturers, leaf buying companies, and groups supportive of tobacco industry interests.

Goals of the six episodes are:
– To be familiar with the different strategies and methods for doing research with the Legacy Library

– To understand the varied ways researchers and advocates can integrate industry documents in public health and community empowerment projects

– To apply historical analysis of industry documents for encouraging public debate on the behavior of tobacco companies

Marty Otañez and Michelle Otañez, Producers
Anne Landman, special guest
Visit Anne’s blog @ PR Watch