Picturing Health Rights: Voices from the Cape Flats

Picture 1_Photo-Voice ExhibitionIn cooperation with the two affiliated organizations The Learning Network and the People’s Health Movement, The Women’s Circle conducted a project to claim The Right to Health, to report on the community experiences and to analyse the role of health committees.

Our participants from Hanover Park, Delft and Statice Heights took photos of issues related to health in their communities. These photos related to environmental pollution, substance abuse, nutrition, the effect of crime and a need for space to relax.11 A symposium explored how community voice can be more effective in shaping how health care is delivered and the conditions needed to achieve healthy lives. This included how health committees can be more effective vehicles for realising health rights. It was followed by the opening of a Photo-Voice Exhibition. The exhibition was brought into the different communities to be displayed to the community member.

Photo-Voice as a method has been used to uncover which health issues are of greatest concern to our communities. We were proud of what we achieved and suprised how easy it was to take informative and even artistic photos.