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May 11, 2021
Are you interested in learning more about Fathers in Focus? Connect with us using the form below!
May 11, 2021
Are you interested in learning more about Fathers in Focus? Connect with us using the form below!
May 11, 2021
(Update: May 11, 2021) This website (www.fathersinfocus.com) serves as an information portal for research participants and community partners ONLY. Site administrators and research team members do not collect data using this site with the only exception of when using the CONTACT FORM, in which your name, e-mail and anything you wish to include will be forwarded to the research team directly involved in the Fathers in Focus project and will only be used solely for the purpose of communication. None of this information will be shared to any third-party organization, advertiser, or individuals.
That being said, the site administrators and research coordinators cannot guarantee that your browser, internet service provider, or WordPress are not collecting any data from your use of this website.
April 26, 2021
Meet the team the put together Fathers in Focus! Throughout the your participation in this project, you will be interacting with the members of the team. If you wish to reach out to a coordinator or a researcher, please use this form.
Rita with Nepali heritage is an assistant professor with the School of Social Work at MacEwan University. Rita meaningfully engages with communities in uncovering socio-political contexts and its impacts on their lives through community -based studies teaching and practices. By using photovoice as a transformative tool, Rita has made significant contributions to promote personal and social transformation both in local and international contexts.
Dr. Aamir Jamal, PhD
Aamir is an Associate Professor of International Social Development and Social Policy and Director of Global Engagement and International Partnerships at the University of Calgary. He is a leader in the spheres of gender justice, prevention of domestic violence, girls’ education and women’s rights in the global south. He is most recognized for his book “The Gatekeepers: Engaging Pashtun men for gender justice and girl’s education in Pakistan”. Dr. Jamal has created a strong foundation of a new dialogue on “Men as Allies in Gender Justice” in the Pashtun region of Pakistan and has made significant contributions in shifting local attitudes and cultural perspectives in addressing gender-based violence. Dr. Jamal is one of the main researchers of this study.
Liza is a community activist and an educator/researcher with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary in in Mokhinistsis (Calgary). She has been involved in social justice human rights movements for over three decades.
Lead Research Coordinator
Nellie came to Canada as a live-in caregiver under the federal TFW program. She is an appointed member of the Anti-racism Action Committe by the City of Calgary. She was awarded the Clarice Chodak Social Action and Justice Award by the University of Calgary (2019) and the ACSW’s John Hutton Memorial Award (2021). As an active organizer with Migrante Alberta and Alberta Assembly of Social Workers, Nellie is a staunch migrant’s rights and women’s rights advocate. Nellie is the coordinator of this study. Nellie monitors and coordinates all activities related to this study including the recruitment and meaningful engagement of the participants.
Photovoice & Lead Artist
Nwel is a photographer and a migrant’s rights activist from the Philippines. He uses photography as an active tool for community organizing. As lead artist for Fathers in Focus, Nwel will be creating tools (like this website!) and providing collective or individual guidance on effective storytelling through images.
Claudia a white settler on Treaty 7 land and she calls Mohkinstsis (Calgary) her home. She is a 4th year Social Work Student at the University of Calgary completing her final practicum with Migrante Alberta. She is passionate about and excited for the community engagement and storytelling through art that the Fathers in Focus project is all about. She will be looking forward to hearing all the unique experiences of fatherhood that come out of this study and will be here for any assistance participants may need along the way.
Badri Karki (he/ him) came from Nepal to Canada in 2013. He is a father of two beautiful daughters and has a lot of insightful stories to offer regarding Canadian and Nepalese cultures. Badri is a Registered Social Worker and a community activist. He is currently doing his practicum placement with Migrante Alberta as part of his requirements towards an MSW degree with Wilfried Laurier University (Ontario). Badri will be primarily involved in assisting the research team in data collection.
The University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work
The University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work is the largest faculty of social work in Canada, consistently ranked among the top 15 schools in research across North America. The Faculty of Social Work is involved in the training of future social workers as well as active participation in programs that helps individuals, families, groups, and communities to improve their individual and collective well-being; much like this one.
Alberta Men’s Network
The Alberta Men’s Network (AMN) was formed out of the collaborative, community-based research of the Alberta Men’s Survey (AMS). The AMS was created by over 70 men and women and over 18 organizations committed to enhancing men’s roles in violence prevention. AMN has produced numerous research briefs and actionable toolkits to help support service providers looking to organize and engage men for personal and social change regarding these focus areas. The Father’s in Focus Research project is another opportunity for the Alberta Men’s Network to provide positive change among men and the people in their community.
Alberta Network of Immigrant Women
Since 1986 the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women has connected and empowered immigrant women across the province, leading and supporting initiatives that foster equality, justice, and learning. The Network has shared its innovative research on issues that impact the integration of immigrant women and their families within our society, and has worked effectively with other partners and stakeholders to bring our recommendations to reality. The ANIW values collaborative partnerships like the Fathers in Focus project because fostering equality and justice for immigrant women requires an inclusive community effort and it is a shared responsibility.
We and the World Centre
We and the World Centre, a non-profit organization, runs programs and services for families including seniors, adults, youth, and children through various initiatives in individual and community levels. It explores and promotes both inherent and emerging realms of intercultural learning, heritage education, and everyday wellness. Along with the practice of yoga and meditation for inner well-being, the Centre works on literary work, art, and music.
Islamic Centre of North America (ICNA)
Established on September 1, 1968, ICNA’s aim is to adhere to Islamic values amongst a religious diverse community. Similar to the goal of the Fathers in Focus project, which is to strengthen healthy masculinities and family relationships, one of ICNA’s goals is to oppose immorality and oppression in all forms and support efforts for socio-economic justice and civil liberties in the society.
The MacEwan University was established in 2009 as a public undergraduate university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Their Faculty of Social Work provides training to future social workers and help them become active participants in programs that help individuals, families, groups, and communities to improve their individual and collective well-being; much like this project.
Calgary Pakhtun Association (CPA)
Calgary Pakhtun Association (CPA) is a community-based agency governing under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. CPA will provide assistance in the recruitment of participants for this study.
Migrante Alberta was founded in August 2013 in Edmonton. Migrante is a non-profit advocacy and self-help organization. In Alberta, the agency addresses the immediate issues facing migrants and our compatriots. The agency servs through referrals, advocate, and campaign on migrants’ issues. In 2019, Migrante Alberta has implemented a similar project called “Kwento’t Litrato” (Stories and Photographs) that employed a photovoice method about the Filipino community’s story of migration.
Central Alberta Refugee Effort
The Central Alberta Refugee Effort was formed in 1979 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to assist with the settlement of Indo-Chinese refugees fleeing the aftermath of the Vietnam War. The mission of this agency is to assist in the settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees in the community. CARE will provide assistance in the recruitment of participants for this study.
April 25, 2021
Portraying an experience, a person, or a community using images can be extremely powerful. We previously talked about the power of images and the way stories can inform, change or influence perspectives, or with that very same power, mislead and cause harm to a person or a community.
When photographing your story, please keep the following things in mind so that we can do our best to avoid unintentionally causing harm to ourselves and community members.
If you are unsure what is okay and not okay, please do not hesitate to discuss with the research coordinators and your fellow co-researchers.
April 24, 2021
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most of the meetings and interactions between co-researchers will need to be done through an online platform. We have chosen to use Zoom for this purpose. Here is a checklist of the things you will need to be able to participate:
Click here to go to the Zoom app download page.
You will need to choose which kind of device you will be using the app on.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before and when joining a meeting:
If you have not used the Zoom app before, we encourage you to get to know by trying it out with family or friends before the actual focus group meetings. Please get in touch with the coordinators if you encounter any issues or is unable to install the app.
April 24, 2021
In research, a focus group is a technique that involves a group of selected people getting together to discuss a given topic. Through these interactions, researchers (and participants) can explore and learn about themes, patterns and attitudes toward the topic. Fathers in Focus will hold three focus group meetings. Here is what to expect from these sessions:
As a participant, you will:
a. Meet the research team and your co-participants, and be able to introduce yourselves through a short storytelling exercise
b. Get an introduction on Fathers in Focus
c. This is your venue to ask any questions that you may have about the study
This will be a venue for the presentation of stories AND photos. You need to come to this meeting prepared with your pictures and stories. You will get a chance to see the photos and hear the stories of other fathers who are also participating in this project. A facilitator(s) will ensure that there is a respectful and continuous flow of discussion. You will also get a chance to see the photos and hear the stories of some members of the research team. You will be invited to provide your feedback about the stories and pictures of your co-participants. Be ready to hear their feedback about yours as well.
If you would like to change any of the pictures that you’ve presented in the last focus group, you may do so at this meeting. You may also change your mind and provide a different perspective or story about your photos. The research team will provide the initial analysis of the pictures and stories gathered in the last focus group. You will be invited to provide feedback about the research team’s analysis. You will also provide your thoughts about what you saw and hear during the last focus group and how it might improve/enhance your fatherhood role. You will be asked about the impact of the research process by answering the following questions:
a. How was your experience of creating the photos and stories?
b. How did you feel upon seeing and hearing your story and other stories presented?
c. What impacts has your participation had on your role as a father?
d. How can we use these stories to involve other men in positive fatherhood roles?
Your participation in the research process is deemed completed at this point. However, if you would like to become a volunteer or continue to be an active member of your community, you may choose to participate in the community exhibition and other future events. You may express your interest to a member of the research team who will let you know of the next planned activities that you could join.
April 23, 2021
Before the second focus group meeting, you will be asked to send your photos and stories in advance so that the facilitators can display it on the screen as you tell the story behind them in an online environment. The best practice is to send the highest quality available.
At any point, please avoid transferring photos using social media apps such as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Viber, etc. Using these apps to transfer images will give you a compressed file, meaning the size and quality of your photographs has been reduced significantly. The best practice is to connect your phone directly to a computer with a USB cable and retrieve the image directly from your phone.
If connecting to a computer using a cable is not possible, there are also other ways of sending images wirelessly such as using e-mail or cloud services like Google Drive. Please feel free to reach out to any of the research team members for assistance if you are unsure how to proceed.
April 22, 2021
Less is more, but not always.
Choosing a photo or a series of three photos that represent a story that you want to tell can be one of the most challenging steps in this project. In most cases, you may benefit from having a large pool of photos to choose from but you may also get overwhelmed if you have too much.
A good starting point is to cut your pool in about half at a time. Let’s say you have collected 30 photos that you feel answer one of the research question. You may proceed to cut it down to a selection of 15. Reduce that number to seven, and then four, three, two or even a single image.
Here are two simple questions that you can ask yourself when cutting down your selection:
You may also be tempted to choose a photograph that you are particularly proud of because you like the light, or hit the perfect composition of your subject. However, if that photo do not support the story that you want to convey, consider excluding it from your selection.
Editing your photos in not mandatory, but minor edits using computer software such as Photoshop (paid) or GIMP (free) can certainly improve and help in conveying a message. This can involve cropping – or cutting certain elements out your frame, or turning your photos from color into black and white.
It’s generally advisable to limit your editing to a minimum. In most cases here, less is indeed more.
Adding descriptive text to a photo can give your viewers the right context when interpreting what they are seeing. If you pick up a newspaper or visit an online news site, you will often notice that there are one or two sentences that accompany the photos that are published. While there are certain rules and guidelines that must be strictly followed when writing captions in journalism, in Fathers in Focus, you only need to write whatever you feel best describes or adds context to your pictures.
April 21, 2021
We have all had that feeling of capturing a photograph and feeling that it did not truly represent what we saw or experienced at that time. This is because the way we experience the world extends beyond that single frame. We cannot capture the smell of the grass, the sound of laughter, the way the air felt on our skin or the warmth of the sun on our face. But there are ways to convey these experiences through images.
It will be an impossible task to make a complete manual for that in this project. Besides, there is no single right way to do something in photography (and many other things too!) especially considering the fact that each of us will be telling a different story, through different lenses.
Ultimately, it will be up to your individual research and interaction with co-researchers and coordinators, along with constant practice that will help the most in effective storytelling.
Photographer and Fathers in Focus Lead Artist Nwel Saturay will be available throughout the project to assist and guide in specific cases should you get stuck or simply need someone to bounce ideas with. Feel free to get in touch!
A popular saying within the photography community holds true for Fathers in Focus: the best camera is the camera that you have with you. In this article we will cover a few tips that might help you start photographing and developing your story.
Regardless of the camera that you choose to use, these are general guidelines that you might find helpful in effectively telling your story. For beginners, it is a good advice to photograph your subjects in multiple angles or composition.
Camera phones certainly have their limitations, but they do come with the unmatched advantage of being the most readily available camera that we have in any given moment. While dedicated and larger cameras such as DSLRs and mirrorless cameras might offer the best image quality, they are not necessarily the best tools for every occasion.
For those using smartphones in this project, here are some tips that will help you overcome some of the limitations that it presents.
In Storytelling & Photography, we talked about the role and power of our stories and images. This power can encourage positive change, but may also cause harm, even if we do not intend it. Please take time to read this article and learn how we can minimize, if not completely avoid unintended harm that we may cause.
April 20, 2021
Let’s talk a little bit more about Photovoice and why it is a unique method in conducting research. In this video, Fathers in Focus co-researcher Rita Dhungel talks about her experiences in facilitating Photovoice projects in the past (9 minutes).