The screening of our first documentary for the “RESPECT OUR RIGHTS” campaign was recently held earlier last month on the 5th February at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium. The documentary was collaboratively produced with 27 foreign domestic workers who shared their stories during their terms of employment here in Singapore. The aim of this documentary is to raise awareness on the various issues and challenges experienced by these workers.
A panel discussion followed after the screening which consists of:
Mr Jolovan Wham – Executive Director of H.O.M.E.
Ms Celine Dermine – Legal Consultant for H.O.M.E.
Prof. Mohan Dutta – Head of CNM & Director of CARE
Ms Juvy Lavarias – Ex Domestic Worker & Advisory Board participant
A Photovoice exhibition was also held outside the venue to showcase the photographs that were taken by a group of foreign domestic workers. This participatory image-making workshops have given them opportunities to represent themselves and empowering them through visual literacy and image-gathering skills. These photos were also aimed to raise public awareness about their plight working here in Singapore.
Ms Beverly Wellman is a medical sociologist (M.Sc.) at the Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health at the University of Toronto who has been researching and writing on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). In this talk, Ms Wellman shares about her investigation with her research colleague, Dr. Merrily Kelner, regarding the patients’ decisions on turning to integrative health care clinics that combine biomedicine and CAM for their health problems.
Prof Barry Wellman, the Co-Director of the NetLab Network at the iSchool, University of Toronto, delivered his talk on Networked Individualism and discussed about the “triple revolution” that is happening in North America and how it has transformed the way people interact there. He extended the conversation to explore whether this holds true in the Singaporean context.
Prof Mohan gives an account on his project in the Piyalgeria Village where community members come together to materialise the idea of constructing local spaces for their activities through participatory workshops, designing surveys and village-level meetings . With the community’s decision to build a local community center, the members took charge of the budget, the design and the labour of the project.
In this video, Prof Mohan talks about the relationship between civility and listening as discussed in the Culture-Centred Approach (CCA) and addresses how civility actually removes the possibilities of listening to the subaltern communities’ voices in the dominant structures.
9/11 should set a reminder for us to always question and analyse the dominant narratives circulated by power structure. In this video, Prof Mohan addresses the need for us to critically interrogate the discourse and arguments presented by the United States, paying particular attention to the roles played by the US in reproducing “terror” across the Middle East.