Nombasa shares her anguish over the problems plaguing her rural Eastern Cape Province community, as she talks about how little voice women seem to have and about watching friends succumb to drugs, crime, and apathy. She wonders whether she and her friends will achieve their career goals and dreams of making her home safe for girls and women – a place of peace, freedom, hope, and love.

Key points to consider in viewing Nombasa’s story

Young people in rural areas often struggle to make themselves heard. For girls, this need is acute, given the risks of violence they face. Consider what responsibilities parents, schools, and municipal and national government agencies have, to protect and nurture girls and end gender bias and discrimination. Compare Nombasa’s despair with her hopes, and reflect on how youth can be supported in reaching their goals.

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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.