At Commit and act we believe that amplifying the voice of girls through electronic media, can boost public interest and generate an inclusive call to action, to effect change.
We will pilot an innovative series of radio drama, entirely created and produced by locals in Sierra Leone. The series will reflect on true stories leading up to the abuse of young girls in the country.
to the girls
Violence against young women and girls is a persistent problem that continues to limit their ability to contribute to society and development. In the aftermath, girls experience emotional and social discomfort, mental and social damage that can affects their developmental growth.
Young women and girls in Sierra Leone are still dealing with acute forms of sexual violence, including; domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and school-related sexual abuse; as well as supposedly harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM).
Unfortunately, the overwhelming issues associated with sexual violence are most times being compromised and drowned out, by trusted care-givers, parents and traditional leaders.
The stories of girls who experience various levels sexual violence and harmful practices have not been adequately showcased on digital media in Sierra Leone, and similarly, the voices of girls are somewhat ignored in the debate about their own sexual and reproductive health. This leaves a gap in information supply, and in telling human interest stories from the standpoint of the girl.
We believe that amplifying the voice of girls through electronic media, can boost public interest and generate an inclusive call to action, to effect change.
did you know...?
Of rape victims in Sierra
Leone in 2018 were aged 15 years old or younger.
Nearly half of Sierra Leone’s women face sexual or physical violence during their lifetime.
In 2018 an average of 149 women per month fell pregnant as a result of rape.
Commit and Act will pilot an innovative series of radio drama, reflecting on true stories leading up to the abuse of young girls in Sierra Leone. This will stimulate the minds of parents, care-givers and community leaders to think, better understand the problems faced by girls, and identify their role in making a change. Hence, creating a big conversation around the most urgent issues affecting abused girls.
We have already captured and documented various stories of abused girls, and now we see an opportunity to increase learning, by anonymously transforming them into an active radio drama, that will increase the awareness of the public and encourage all to take action.