Tapiwa grew up in Zimbabwe, watching his father manipulate and control his mother. Wondering why women and men are not equals, he joined a gender club while in secondary school and eventually became an activist. Tapiwa is happy that over the years his father has changed and begun to speak out against gender violence and discrimination.

Key points to consider in viewing Tapiwa’s story

Shifts in attitudes toward women can be seen throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Tapiwa’s story is a testament to those men who are able to acknowledge the impact of their prior violence and adopt new ways of being. As you watch it, be aware of your own opinions about the meaning and importance of culture. Think about how culture influences gender norms and expectations in your community. The story reflects the need to both preserve culture and challenge those who use it as a justification for violent, controlling behaviour.

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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.