Malusi educates men and boys about gender issues in South Africa. He came to this work as a result of losing access to his young daughter. When he and her mother broke up, he was prevented from seeing her and slid into a pattern of drinking and drug use. Eventually, Malusi saw that his only hope of having a relationship with his daughter was to let go of self-hatred and forge a new and healthy life for himself.

Key points to consider in viewing Malusi’s story

Poverty and lack of employment very often contribute to men’s inability to maintain a presence in the lives of their children. Malusi’s story speaks to the pain that many of these men experience, as well as to the assumptions that people often make about them. Take care in watching the story to think about how men must be held accountable for their behaviour but also supported in playing meaningful roles in their children’s lives.

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Sonke works with many communities to use storytelling and digital media to help people tell their own stories around gender, violence, HIV and AIDS and related issues.

Sonke partnered with Silence Speaks to enable young people and adults affected by violence and HIV and AIDS to share their stories. Other digital stories have been produced with former prisoners who experienced sexual violence in jail. And the MenEngage African Youth Alliance and Sonke partnered with UNFPA to produce “Youth Stories of Change” along with a discussion guide and other resources.

Through intensive, participatory video production workshops, Sonke is bringing rarely-heard voices and images into the civic arena. Our hope is that by highlighting everyday stories, we will deepen existing conversations about gender norms and health issues, as well as empower the storytellers and their communities.

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Click here to download a facilitator’s guide, discussion guides and other Digital Stories resources to assist in the use of these tools in your community.