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Participatory Digital Storytelling for Youth SRHR

Dance4Life

Short summary

Good stories can evoke emotions, make us embrace perspectives different from our own, and prompt us to take action. They can help create an enabling environment for new laws and policies and generate support among both policy makers and the general public. In this workshop we train young people and adults in how to identify, collect, use and share  good stories for advocacy and support participatory processes of storytelling for people in all their diversity. 

What capacity strengthening support can we provide on this topic?

A powerful story can lead someone with a vague understanding of SRHR issues to having a clear vision of what the impact of progressive SRHR policy could mean. Storytelling can also help legitimize a cause and play a role in accountability - disseminating stories based on people’s realities can help augment their space in civil society. We believe storytelling contribute to the pathway of change identified on LTO2 in in multiple ways: 

  • It allows for people to take ownership over their message becoming agents of change in both informing and inspiring key influencers, media and people in their communities to take a positive attitude towards young people’s SRHR 
  • It increases legitimacy of the cause by basing advocacy on people’s realities
  • It is a low-cost tool that is well suited to the new online conferencing and advocacy environment created by the Covid-19 pandemic 

What could the CS support we offer look like

We create safe spaces for listening and sharing stories. Our workshop provides individuals and organizations with skills and tools that support self-expression, meaning making, creative practice, and community building. This workshop supports the production of first-person narratives of struggle, courage, and transformation and works to ensure that these stories play an instrumental role in promoting gender equality, health, and human rights around the world. This can be offered as a Training of Trainers for CSO’s or a workshop supporting storytellers in the actual process of crafting a story.  

The workshops typically process includes: 

  • the power of digital storytelling (history, examples and research, ethical storytelling) 
  • finding a story (creative exercises such as river of life or working with a prompt) 
  • Hearing a story (story circle, understanding framing, script writing) 
  • Brining it all together (movie making and screening, consent, sharing and impact) 

What tools are available?

What languages can this CS support be provided in?

English and French (dependent on availability French speaking staff/translators). The modules can also be translated in French if required.

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