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.