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PHOTOVOICE
An Evaluation Report

The project was designed to address the pervasive discrimination, stigma, and violence that transgendered individuals face in these countries, and to create more inclusive societies that respect the human rights of all individuals, regardless of their gender identity. 

 

The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the effectiveness of the Photovoice Method, as a participatory approach to document and share
experiences of violence against transgendered people in Guyana and Jamaica. The evaluation includes a range of qualitative methods to
capture the perspectives of different stakeholders and identify gaps in policies and interventions.

Year

2022

Category

Urban Health

Type of Work

Research

Evaluation

Data Collection

The following methods were used to assess the effectiveness of the Photovoice Method:

 

Transgendered individuals were trained in the use of photography as a tool for self-expression and advocacy. They captured images that reflected their experiences of violence and how it impacted their lives. The photographs were used to facilitate group discussions with transgendered individuals, their allies, and community members to understand the lived experiences of violence.

Focus Group Discussions: A series of focus group discussions were conducted with transgendered individuals, their allies, and community members in both countries. The discussions focused on identifying the root causes of violence against transgendered people, exploring the effectiveness of current policies and interventions, and generating recommendations for improving the situation.

Policy and Document Analysis: A review of existing policies and programs related to violence against transgendered people was conducted in both countries. This included a review of legal frameworks, government policies, and NGO programs to identify gaps and areas for improvement.

Key Informant Interviews: A series of key informant interviews were conducted with stakeholders, including government officials, NGOs, healthcare providers, and community leaders. The interviews focused on understanding the policy and programmatic landscape, identifying barriers to implementation, and generating recommendations for policy and programmatic change.

Social Media Analysis: A review of social media posts and discussions related to transgendered individuals and violence was conducted in both countries. This involved analyzing the sentiment and tone of social media posts, identifying key actors and influencers, and examining the impact of social media on attitudes towards transgendered individuals and violence.

The project aimed at reducing violence against transgendered
individuals in Jamaica and Guyana was successful in achieving its objectives. The project was able to increase awareness
and understanding of the challenges faced by transgendered persons in these two countries. It also successfully implemented
several strategies to reduce violence against transgendered individuals and improve their access to healthcare and
support services.

One of the key successes of the project was the development and implementation of training programs for healthcare
providers and law enforcement officials. These programs were able to increase knowledge and awareness of the unique
healthcare needs of transgendered individuals, as well as improve the way law enforcement officials interacted with transgendered persons.

The project also facilitated the creation of support groups and safe spaces for transgendered
individuals, which provided much-needed emotional and social support.