Making Women Visible was a project of SPARROW took up in funded by Mama Cash, Amsterdam. Although SPAROW had begun documentation on NGOs this project gave it the proper shape and perspective. The project was aimed at documenting the work done by women’s organisations by initiating a documentation, dissemination, communication and information process.
NGO documentation which SPARROW has continued to do enables us to collect, archive, and compile knowledge and information related to various organisations working on women’s issues and keep it under one roof and share the material in a way that it increases the visibility of the work done by various organisations, gives easier accessibility and also helps to foster meaningful connections. We feel that this process of collection and dissemination is the first step towards consolidating the collective gains made by the women’s movement in India and that it will help immensely in opening up a new dialogue and also stress the proactive role of an archives in the development process.
The project operates at many levels including collection of the various outreach material brought out by the organisations, information about their resource persons, photo documentation, and audiovisual documentation. SPARROW also does oral history recordings of women in different NGOs. The knowledge and information thus collected is shared in various ways through our various outreach programmes like networking with students and other organisations, newsletter, publications and the website.