Combating gender-based violence against women and girls using creative arts

Combating gender-based violence against women and girls using creative arts

Women are still brutally attacked, raped and murdered by MEN in homes across the country. The dance Adventure studios group is breaking the silence on gender-based violence against women

Last week on 23rd Wednesday, the dance adventure studios organised a show at the National theater that is aimed at raising awareness on gender based violence among-st young women and girls through creative arts performances.

In Uganda, research shows that 56% of women have experienced physical violence at the age of 15 (Demographic Health Survey 2011) and so many girls and women suffer the violence silently in their homes, workplaces and even at schools

The gender based violence behaviors have been associated with poverty, unemployment, early child marriage, poor quality of education and of course with decreased use of contraception in families. Women still lack a safe environment to make health-seeking decisions, and because of the violence, some are proportionate exposed to HIV

The rights of women and girls will continue to be violated if we don’t do anything about it. VOICES the project under Dance adventure studios looks at sensitizing communities using the power of creative arts to end gender based violence

I believe creative arts have a strong power to the human mind kind, it’s the soul of conscience. The play (VOICES) taught people empathy and starts conversations about gender-based violence, with more performances we can break the silence. 

The play has mixture of songs, dances, voices of the victims sending gender based violence information directly to people. Such plays can educate communities on the rights, and impact about the gender based violence plus policies which sometimes the public is not aware

The dance Adventure studios, it really crafted a production that appealed to the public and the organizers are planning to take it to rural communities where cases of gender-based violence have been predominant

If we all started using theaters as a powerful tool to raise awareness in communities with high gender based violence, high risks of HIV/AIDS, and promote positive attitudes towards women, Uganda would be a better place and we should not allow the past define who we are!. Things must change in the 21st century.

Reducing gender-based violence in Uganda, we have to start about gender attitudes and gender equality in communities and changing the mindset of people starts with me and you!

Together, we can make a difference.

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Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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