Every year, from November 25 to December 10, activists around the world take part in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This global movement starts on the International Day to End Violence Against Women and ends on International Human Rights Day. People around the world take this time to shine an extra bright light on instances of gender-based violence that persist around the world today.
The Make Art / Stop AIDS Squad came up with the idea to write and perform a spoken word piece detailing situations of gender-based violence that is common in Malawi. Squad member Mwandi Tobola wrote and performed the piece, while the other Squad members created a performed short scenes pertaining to some of the situations Mwandi wrote about.
The Squad then shared their video with the Sex Squad at our sister organisation, Art & Global Health Center UCLA. The Sex Squad members also made a video about their experiences with gender-based violence in the United States, which they shared with us.
This is all a part of a project centred around cross-cultural collaboration and learning, with each side sharing and learning from each other. This project was made possible with the generous support of the United States Embassy in Lilongwe.