Multimedia Storytelling: SpeakUP: Young Women Share Stories of Identity, Gender and Violence
“I want to make sure that my voice is heard – and not just my voice, but thousands of women out there. So for me, I was crying out loud for those women, and I stood up for them so that we can make sure their voices are heard.” — Storyteller
Traditional patriarchal and cultural norms in South Africa, coupled with the legacy of the systemic, state-sanctioned violence of Apartheid over generations, has fueled a society with one of the world’s highest rates of sexual and gender-based violence against adolescent girls and young women.
In 2016, I partnered with StoryCenter's Silence Speaks to lead a five-day storytelling and participatory media workshop with an amazing group of mentors. With support from the Ford Foundation, the young women’s stories touch on overcoming gender-bias, surviving gender-based violence, and the resilience it takes to thrive in spite of deeply entrenched structural obstacles.