ICAPA produced 5 clips for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.
Generations of abuse against women, it has become a tradition which has been accepted in society and passed down from father to son. To fit in the man box of toxic masculinity, a man must live by a particular set of beliefs and behaviors. This film looks to address the cycles of abuse steming from cultural norms that are associated with harm to society and to men themselves due to their promotion of violence including sexual assaut and domestic violence.
In this short film we see a father abusing his wife and a son following in his footsteps by abusing his girlfriend. It is during this act that the son realises that what he is doing is the same thing he had despised from his father who threw his mother out when she was pregnant with him. He realises the diabolical cycle, takes off his father’s hat, throws it to the side and embraces his girlfriend and apologises.
-written by Hupepechule
A woman coming from the market is attacked by two street boys who underestimate her because she is a woman and plot to steal from her. She fights to defend herself, products and money and finally manages to defeat them. That is a life for most women in Harare let alone Zimbabwe. Women live everyday defending themselves and all they call their own from men who prey on them because they are women and just because they are men .
- written by Tafadzwa Gundu
A woman is beaten up by her husband for questioning his infidelity. She is tired of the abuse and finds her voice and worth not just as a submissive/obedient wife but as an equal partner in marriage, society and the world.
- written and performed by Craig Jim
A rap verse on tribulations faced by women and how men should be the ones to protect their weaknesses and not use it against them.@16daysofactivism2019
A girl is traumatized by the memory of how she lost her virginity to her boyfriend who coerced her into having sexual intercourse under the pretence of love. Which is what most girl’s first sexual experience is like.
The film explores the psychological shock that victims of sexual abuse go through. The battles and struggles within which the physical eye cannot see.
Poem written Rutendo Joy M