STOP GENDER HARM AND VIOLENCE is a powerful and moving film produced by Sange Sibebosi, Olwethu Nongawuza and Sanelise Joko who are Grade 10 learners from Masiphumelele branch of IkamvaYouth in Cape Town. The film offers a glimpse into the day-to-day experiences of the LGBTQI+ community in the area. It is a testament to the resilience, strength, and courage of the individuals featured in the film and a reminder of the ongoing struggles faced by the LGBTQI+ community, shedding light on mental health and HIV.
During a set of blended workshops, the programme combined exposure to biomedical research with storytelling that raise awareness and stimulate dialogue about health and disease. Learners were recruited from the Masiphumelele branch of IkamvaYouth and participated in an intensive workshop that consists of science engagement (experiments and talks) and the production of short documentaries about experiences of health and disease and associated social concerns. Workshops were held at the Aerobiology Research Centre at the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation’s Masiphumelele site.