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How women & men start speaking

CARE

Project: Women Empowerment through Stage Animated Awareness and Lobbying (WESAL)
Location: Minya | Egypt
Date: Tuesday 16 October 2012
Partners: Jesuit and Brothers Association, supported by CARE Egypt | CARE Netherlands

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What did the hitchhikers do?
Women’s rights are high on the agenda in Egyptian society – unfortunately mainly among women in the (urban) North of the country. How can we bring women’s rights under the attention of a larger audience? How do we reach the people that cannot read and write? And how can we get both men and women to discuss the alternatives? CARE Egypt and its local partner, the Jesuit and Brothers Association, found the answer in interactive theater. And the hitchhikers joined in.
In Minya, along the Nile, so-called Master Trainers design and carry out interactive theater shows together with local communities. Each play stages one concrete situation, for example a girl being physically abused or forced to marry at an early age. A person called ‘the joker’ can stop the play at any point in time and ask questions to the audience about the current events taking place and the reactions of the actors. Once everybody starts talking along the play is paused and volunteers are selected from the audience to take over the role of the girl, father, husband, mother, teacher, etc. In this way, a new level of engagement is realized and once the play is finished a – very practical – discussion continues in the communities with regard to the relation between men and women.

Who are the partners involved?
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. It places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of disease, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

What were the hitchhikers experiences? Can we see some pictures, footage or blogs?
Watch episode 7, in which the hitchhikers join the theater project!

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