CMFD produced a 13-part serial radio drama on behalf of People Opposing Woman Abuse (POWA) to highlight the intersections between HIV/AIDS and GBV in a way that is entertaining and understandable to the mostly rural target audiences. Produced in English, Isizulu, Isixhosa and Sesotho, Mahlabathe Speaks! encourages everyone to speak out about gender violence.
In South Africa, violence against women has reached epidemic proportions, one of the highest rates in the world of countries collecting such data. It exists in millions of households, in every community, in every institution, in both public and private spaces. Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cuts across race, class, ethnicity, religion and geographic location.
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Lerato is scared and running. A city girl through and through, she finds herself in the middle of a rural village. While at first she just wants to finish her work and go home, she finds herself remembering and celebrating her culture, and falling for the local community radio station presenter. But what is she running from? Her newfound friends Ntomb'entle and Busisiwe have their own problems. Living with HIV, Ntomb'entle disclosure results in violence from husband and family, while Busisiwe finds her voice to speak out on what she thinks is right. When women's voices are raised, things will never be the same again
Aims and objectives of the drama The radio drama specifically aims to:
• encourage a deeper awareness and understanding of the intersections between GBV and HIV
• encourage people to change their attitudes and actions towards GBV, gender equality, and HIV.
• encourage dialogue on GBV and HIV, as well as the related issues of culture and gender stereotypes both of masculinity and femininity).
• raise awareness and profile of local organisations and groups working on these issues.
• encourage community action
• HIV and GBV are closely linked, to succeed against one, we must also address the other
• Change - social, cultural - is a normal part of development and living. Questioning and discussing, keeping the good and deciding to leave the harmful behind, is part of growing as a nation.
• Individuals, families and communities have the power to make change - in their lives, their homes, and their communities.
• Action on GBV, as it intersects with HIV, is imperative, both form a human rights and development perspective.
• Women's rights are human rights
• Men can be partners in ending GBV