Rite of Being

Rite of Being was a two year project supported by HIVOS. It was implemented in partnership with Kenyan based organization KEFEADO and was concluded in 2006. Rite of Being, through participatory theatre workshops explored the existing rituals of celebrating young women and womanhood in the inner city township of Mannenberg. The project looked at how these practices which often tend to be negative such as drug abuse, teenage pregnancies and early marriage contribute to disempowering young women and the concomitant constructions of femininity that are developed. The sister project in Kenya addressed FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) as a disempowering and invasive rite of passage. Both of these processes are tied together by a theatre based methodology that trains survivors or beneficiaries in a body of techniques that result in open ended performances in which they engage community members in identifying solutions to the problems presented.

 
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Rite of Being