Activist gives a global voice on the Web for women who have suffered in Asia

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 May, 2010, 12:00am

Women in Karachi, Jakarta, Mae Sot and Sri Lanka who have suffered domestic violence and rape or have had to live as prostitutes are about to be given a voice.

In a pilot project from next month to September, Briton Danielle Spencer (left), now based in Hong Kong, will be teaching them how to create videos to tell their stories and how to use the internet. Her vision is that these women should be able to talk to a local audience as well as a global community.

'I'll be going to each place for about 17 days. The first two days will be gaining the trust of the women and I'll be working with 10 women and a translator on how to use the equipment and tell their story.

'It's vital in this century that everyone has the ability to get on the internet. I had to make the project very visual as some of the women are not literate. I show them how to use the video so that they can make a film about their experiences.'

The project is in partnership with the Asian Human Rights Commission. Spencer will leave the equipment at each stop so that the women can continue to use the technology to tell their story on the Web. She's hoping the idea will spread.

'I think it will grow. It's a skill that is needed in this century and we will see the empowerment and changes in these women,' said Spencer, 27, who grew up in Liverpool.

Her last fund-raiser is DIRRT-I-LICIOUS - a mix of Hong Kong DJs playing funk, house, hip hop and indie with the Vixens Burlesque Troupe and circus performers from 8pm on May 22 at Rockschool in Wan Chai (HK$80 entry before midnight, HK$100 after).

Spencer is keen to get her hands on more equipment. If you have an old laptop or digital video camera that you would like to donate, contact her on: