In the last decade, a growing awareness of the role that stories of witness play in social justice movements has taken hold in the non-governmental organization and non-profit space. The activist world now understands, in ways that it perhaps did not a decade ago, that stories of lived experience matter. In an era of information saturation and compassion fatigue and increasingly divisive political discourse — the well-told story can break through ideological barriers in ways that statistics and conceptual analysis alone cannot.
Testimony creates the space for imagining injustice, so that the world may come to an understanding of the effects gender-based violence has on victims, families, and communities. In this interactive presentation, we will consider ways that storytelling and testimony have created political change across history and social justice movements and explore the ethics of storytelling in our increasingly interconnected world.
As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:
- Recognize the ways that storytelling and testimony have created political change across history and social justice movements.
- Recognize the power and purpose of storytelling in the movement to end gender-based violence.
- Explore the ethics of storytelling in our increasingly interconnected world.
- Analyze effective ways for addressing ethical issues when sharing the stories of others.