Women's Voices: Recording women's experiences of the Canterbury earthquakes
Women’s Voices is an oral history project, created by the Christchurch Branch of the National Council of Women of New Zealand. Volunteers interviewed other women about their earthquake experiences and also provided brief profiles that include their own quake stories.
The project has generated an archive of stories of women of different ages, backgrounds, and life experiences, who come from different areas in Christchurch and Canterbury. Some of these stories are available on UC QuakeStudies with the permission of the research participants.Interviews are still being completed and will be added to this archive as they become available.
The mass media has often focused on heroic stories of rescue, the comments of decision makers, or the quake ‘victims’. This research generated women’s stories of day-to-day endurance after the quakes and the importance of families, friends, and neighbours at times of crisis. These stories document women’s contributions within workplaces, voluntary organisations and their communities in spite of ongoing emotional and financial stress, disrupted physical environments, trauma, and fear. Women talk about how their lives have changed and their hopes for Christchurch. Every woman has a unique story to tell.
- Women's Voices: Interviewer Profiles
- Short autobiographical statements written by those who interviewed other women for âWomenâs Voices: Recording womenâs experiences of the Canterbury earthquakesâ. Interviewers write about their lives before the quakes, their experiences of the earthquakes and their hopes and fears for Christchurch as a city. Some interviewer profiles that are not available to the public can be accessed by researchers on application to the Christchurch Branch of the National Council of Women of New Zealand at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Contains 30 items
- Women's Voices: Interviews
- Records of oral history interviews with women in Christchurch and the Canterbury region about their lives before the Canterbury earthquakes, their experiences of the quakes and their impact on them, their families/whānau, neighbourhoods, communities, workplaces, and the organisations in which they were involved. All interview summaries have been checked and revised by the women interviewed and are available subject to the conditions indicated in the licences for each item. Audio recordings have received minimal editing and are available, with the permission of the participants, as MP3 files. The original WAV audio files of these interviews, and some interview summaries that are not available to the public, can be accessed by researchers on application to the Christchurch Branch of the National Council of Women of New Zealand at the following email address: email@example.com.
- Contains 139 items
- Women's Voices: Project Information and Resources
- Background information about the Women’s Voices project and reports, articles, news items and media releases as they become available. This sub-collection includes documents related to the research strategies used to generate material in this archive (e.g. the information sheet, interview schedule, consent forms and confidentiality agreements), as well as records of presentations about the project and its key findings. Enquiries about research processes, ethical protocols and project organisation should be sent to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Contains 12 items