In a joint project with the US Embassy, Wangu Kanja Foundation, the Kenya Cultural Centre and other partners, the KITFest Trust showcased the Building Resilience and Raising Awareness on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Through Theatre on Wednesday at the Kenya National Theatre.
The showcase was a culmination of 8 months of training, in an impactful initiative that seeks to equip participating groups with in-depth knowledge about SGBV and fostering advocacy through engaging theatrical and cultural performances. For the evening’s performance, there were three groups namely Njota Cia Meru (Meru), Ommon Ontoiye (Kajiado), and Canaan Morning Star (Turkana) showcased memorable performances accompanied by song and dance.
Each storyline unapologetically depicted everyday instances in their communities in a bid to educate the public on the wounds and scars SGBV leaves in families and communities at large.
Before Wednesday’s finale, these dedicated showcases were held within the host Meru, Turkana, and Kajiado counties in a collaborative venture with community groups, broaching an often-uncomfortable topic to heighten awareness and empower local communities to assume the roles of change agents and champions for survivors of SGBV.
KITFest Trust has been at the forefront of using theatre as a tool for advocacy, with their most recent Anthology of Everyday Struggle eliciting a favourable reception and engagement from artistes due to its messaging.
This time round the initiative dove deeper to a more sensitive subject that has been long in conversation, daring to go to the far reaches of our country
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