Telling Digital Stories

Communications & Media Advocacy

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.

Our work has included a partnership with Silence Speaks, a community-driven organisation that uses intensive, hands-on media workshops to encourage people to share their personal stories through several media platforms. This partnership resulted in the production of a series of digital stories that have enabled 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 have experienced sexual violence in jail.

In addition, the MenEngage African Youth Alliance, the youth network of MenEngage Africa – an African alliance of organisations that engage men and boys in gender transformation – and Sonke partnered with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to produce a series of digital stories and a discussion guide under the theme “Youth Stories of Change”.

Through intensive, participatory video production workshops, Sonke is bringing voices and images that are rarely heard 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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