It takes a village – the Nndwakhulu video

February 27, 2019


South African documentary film making company, Fireworx Media, has made a short video of our Nndwakhulu project.

Network member, the Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme (TVEP), and Network coordinator, the Margaret Pyle Trust, have been working together in Venda, South Africa, for two years.  For many years TVEP has been a leader in combatting sexual and gender based violence, HIV stigma and child abuse, as part of their “Zero Tolerance Village Alliance” model. In 2017 TVEP and the Trust began the process of developing the Zero Tolerance Village Alliance, to add a new topic: reproductive health.

As a result of this partnership, and the financial support of the European Union’s Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights for South Africa, two marginalised rural communities have benefitted from a range of community empowerment actions, as well as provision of training to clinical staff, police officers and others who provide the communities with the services necessary to exercise their rights to sexual and reproductive health services. The South African documentary film making company, Fireworx Media, has made this short video on the project, focussing on the sexual and gender based violence component of the project, as requested by the European Union. As a result of this project, thousands of people in rural Venda have both the agency to demand the sexual and reproductive health services of the state service providers, which are their right, as well as the state entities (clinics, police, and others) being better able to provide those services.

You can watch the video here.