Project Background

White Ribbon worked with Community Story Strategies to produce two series of digital stories. The first series of 9 original videos was developed by 9 different men. The second series of 7 original videos was created in partnership with Social Services Network (SSN) to develop stories from the South East Asian Perspective.slide58

The storytelling process offered all of these men, from diverse cultural, socio-economic backgrounds, an opportunity to explore the experience and choices that shaped their lives as men, particularly in relation to their understanding of gender equity and healthy relationships.

The diversity of themes reflected in these powerful stories presents an opportunity to use real life experiences as a means for educating young people in the classroom. Themes such as societal pressures for young men and boys to conform to stereotypical and rigid ideas of masculinity; the importance of gender equality and the impact of violence against women and girls (and men and boys); fatherhood; and homophobia can be unpacked and used as discussion tools for teachers and students.

The digital stories are all part of the It Starts With You It Stays With Him initiative but are also included in this discussion guide.


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