MenEngage Africa youth tell their stories


Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, the Gambia, South Africa, Rwanda… these are the home countries of the ten participants from the MenEngage Africa network who took part in the recent Digital Stories workshop in August 2012.

Young Africans working on issues related to gender-based violence were selected to craft a personal story about gender-based violence using images, footage and a recorded narrative.

Funded by UNFPA, these stories will be used in workshops around the continent to spark discussion on a variety of aspects of gender-based violence. Participants told about being direct and indirect victims of gender-based violence, of being a perpetrator of gender-based violence, of the challenges of breaking gender norms in societies with rigid expectations of men and women, and of great role models embodying equality.

The participants had a whirlwind experience of Cape Town and bonded over food, ideas and laughs. The workshop ended with a visit to Sonke’s Cape Town office, a screening of the rough cuts and a certification ceremony for all who took part.

The stories are still in post-production phase and will be published as they are completed.