Vital Stories Interactive

Vital Voices describes their mission as to “to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.” The organization features many stories of such extraordinary women (see also Vital Voices), and this interactive site encourages visitors to explore individual women’s stories in greater depth. Each ‘featured voice’ includes a video, slideshow of captioned photos, and links to related content.

Stories URL: http://stories.vitalvoices.org
Organization or Project Description: Vital Voices Home
First Stories Posted: 2010
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True Stories About Domestic Violence

The Australian Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria hosts a set of written stories organized by different themes: stories from women, women in lesbian relationships, women with disabilities, young people, and men. Many of these written testimonials follow a similar structure, first describing experiences, then “How I coped,” “How the situation changed,” “What helped me,” and “What I would say to others.” The young people’s stories are linked out to a separate campaign, Love: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Stories URL: http://www.dvrcv.org.au/stories
Organization or Project Description: Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria Home
First Stories Posted: 2011
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Freedom Stories

This small collection of videos is the product of a novel production approach: young and promising Australian filmmakers were enlisted to create short films that tell stories of young people “coming to terms with their sexuality and gender.” The resulting films have high production value, and are presented on a website that simultaneously presents the story and presents the young filmmaker.

Stories URL: http://au.reachout.com/freedom
Organization or Project Description: Press Release About the Project
First Stories Posted: 2014
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1 in 3

The 1 in 3 campaign takes its name from the statistic that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion during their lifetime. It collects written and video testimonials by women who have had abortions, and describes its rationale as so: “By encouraging women who have had abortions to end their silence, share their stories, and start a new and more personal conversation about abortion in our society, the 1 in 3 Campaign will help create a more enabling cultural environment for the policy and legal work of the abortion rights movement.” The campaign is a project of Advocates for Youth, an organization focused on reproductive and sexual health for young people in the US and globally. The written stories are aggregated into a book.

Stories URL: http://www.1in3campaign.org/en/
Organization or Project Description: About the Project
First Stories Posted: 2014
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Generation Five

Generation Five, a volunteer collaborative, that seeks a Transformative Justice approach to ending child sexual abuse, hosts a small collection of digital stories on their website. The stories, all personal narratives by survivors of abuse or their allies, were produced by Silence Speaks. These are all well-crafted and intense examples of digital stories.

Stories URL: http://www.generationfive.org/resources/digital-stories/
Organization or Project Description: About Generation Five
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Stories of the Girls

This breast cancer awareness and support campaign by Advocate Health Care group features first-person videos by patients. The videos encourage women to take preventative steps against breast cancer and relay details and wisdom about women’s diagnosis and treatment. The videos are shareable, and are accompanied by a range of other campaign materials, including a hashtag and social media presence, as well as information about prevention and treatment.

Stories URL: http://www.storiesofthegirls.com/videos
Organization or Project Description: Stories of the Girls Campaign Home
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Freedom to Marry

The marriage equality organization Freedom to Marry collects stories from same-sex couples in the US, especially from states in which same-sex unions are not legal. The stories, told as photoessays, have vibrant and intimate photos, and are prominently featured in the organization’s communications.

Stories URL: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/story
Organization or Project Description: Freedom to Marry Home Page
First Stories Posted: 2013
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It Gets Better

The well-known It Gets Better project, started by sex advice columnist Dan Savage, aims to “communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better.” Each story is a testimonial that describes the difficulties the speaker faced in their youth, along with assurances that “it gets better.” The project host thousands of videos, and represents the experiences of both famous and ordinary people.

Stories URL: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/
Organization or Project Description: About the Project
First Stories Posted: 2010
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Rainbow Family Tree

The Rainbow Family Tree is an online community that hosts a collection of digital stories by “queer digital storytellers.” Most of the stories were produced in digital storytelling workshops in Australia, and the site itself is designed to be a space to showcase stories, connect people, and to affect attitudes and policy through viral distribution.

Stories URL: http://rainbowfamilytree.com
Organization or Project Description: Project FAQs
First Stories Posted: 2010
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