At the KAIPTC in celebration of the international women’s day. Veiled, a movie on gender based violence, a production by Waisreel production, one that I was a part of in production management, was screened for young people represented from various High Schools to see.
Their reaction was beyond me. I couldn’t control my emotions when a girl will not stop crying.
It was entirely a different experience when the movie was shown to the audience the movie was made for and that was YOUNG PEOPLE. It was in that moment showing it to young people, those that it was actually made for that I realized the need and yearning of young people for their pain to be heard, seen and felt by others. Young people are not asking to be understood, accepted or even helped….they are asking to be respected for who they are and what they deal with no matter how unconventional it may seem.
For the first time in a long while, I am beginning to realize a more open and opinionated group of young people who are not ashamed to express how they feel and what their thought processes are. I had an experience during the discussion when an old man criticized a facilitator for allowing a child acknowledge his urge for sex. This old man said that expression of his urge for sex is wrong and should not be validated as a child below 18. How can the reality of someone’s sexual urge be wrong. Whether he refuses to accept it or not, a child has the urge for sex when he or she hits puberty. It is reality and I am sad to say that this notion in the man’s head is what has been passed down to generations and has caused our young people to make wrong and uninformed decisions in their sex lives. Acknowledging the existence and being expressive is the first step to guidance in making the right decisions.
It was in that moment that I realized how important it is to help our young people. One of the worst decisions Africa has ever taken is to marginalize certain vital issues and I believe it is about time young people take control and make a change. Marginalization indeed needs to be eradicated.
VOIICE is still taking in volunteers. Those who want to support and help make the change in eradicating marginalization are welcome. If you want to be a volunteer of VOIICE you can sign up here.