Photovoice project with Adelante Mujeres
During the spring and summer of 2013, Oregon Walks and the women of Adelante Mujeres worked to create a Photovoice project: “Walking: para vida, familia, y comunidad”. The project was made possible by the generous support of the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund, the Northwest Health Foundation, and Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton.
As part of the project, more than twenty women from Adelante Mujeres english class took photos and shared their stories to demonstrate why walking matters and what is needed to make their communities safer and more walkable. The project provided a great opportunity to learn how we can make our built environments better and more accessible for everyone.
“We’ve been really excited to partner with Adelante Mujeres on the Photovoice project. Their mission of educating and empowering Latina women has been a natural fit with our own goals of empowering communities to advocate for their transportation needs. With our new staff we’re also looking forward to more projects focused on pedestrian safety in Washington County,” said Steph Routh, Oregon Walks’ Executive Director.
Too often, the voices of communities of color are left out of public discussions about how to improve our transportation system. The Photovoice project is an opportunity to share the perspectives of Latino communities in Washington County and to bridge community needs with transportation decisions. Many of the stories shared are vivid and personal reminders of the gaps in our pedestrian network:
“…during the evenings it is very different. I take my daughters with me, along the road because there is no sidewalk. When we reach the curb we can feel the cars pass close to us, and I feel we are in danger by walking.”
Click here to view a presentation of the stories and photographs of Walking: para vida, familia, y comindad.