It's been very interesting and challenging during the various #empowermedontblameme outreach programs we have had. We were able to get the following feedback from the different campaign strategies used.
A woman says "Thank you COMAGEND for coming to discuss this topic with us. I have now understood my role in educating my children on their SRHR. How I wish I knew this before I won,t be a grandmother at the age of 35"
A man regrets his actions on his wife and daughter when he says " i am very sorry for myself. I had a misunderstanding with my wife for sending our 8 years old daughter to go and buy sanitary napkins which she dressed herself with in front of her. I accused my wife of being careless and initiating our daughter in 'Big People affair'"
Many participants confessed that they were not aware that parents have a role to play since there is the school and church to do all that.
After projecting and sharing our documentary video a woman and her daughter came to our office to say we are grateful for the video because it has improve our relationship as mother and daughter. The girl said 'i thought my mother was deceiving me about certain things but the way Michael destroyed Ashley because of video because of biscuits and soft drinks I understand better now"
We have started the radio slot and after a slot we received more than 78 SMS from listeners. We realize that questions come in from young people between the ages of 14-25 years and where centered around coping with relationship pressures (parents and children or boy and girl). A listener appreciates the program saying "Good morning Big sis. Listening to your program this morning gave me hope because I was so confused on what to do with the pressures I have from. I was planning to isolate myself but when you gave your number for us to contact you off the air I was certain I have found a friend to confide in. When can we meet and discuss the problem I have?"
These are some of the feedback for now from the field. Considering the stigma and taboo that surrounds this area of SRHR it is proving difficult for us to get contributions from others on social media or have victims share their experience.
We really need you to join us in #empowermedontblameme campaign this week by sharing an experience on this issue or providing tips to break the barriers surrounding this topic