(Xhosa with English subtitles)

As a child, Siyabonga’s stepmother discouraged him from going to school, so he found support from another family member. Later as an HIV activist, Siyanbonga was the subject of gossip and criticism in his community, but he continued the work anyway. Now a peer educator, Siyabonga shares what he has learned and encourages everyone to take action to end stigma and prevent HIV.

Key points to consider in viewing Siyabonga’s story

Siyabonga was fortunate to have an uncle and a teacher who supported him and encouraged him to “be strong”. His work as a peer educator who speaks out against HIV stigma shows the importance of caretakers and mentors in the development of community leadership. Consider these topics as you watch his story. What does leadership mean, to you?

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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.