In September 2019, Theatre for a Change delivered a three-week Interactive Radio Drama training to a group of youth leaders in Maputo, Mozambique.

The training built the group’s capacity to use Interactive Radio Drama to challenge toxic masculinity among 13 to 17-year-old boys, and to encourage gender equal attitudes and behaviours that will help the boys reduce their risk of perpetrating gender-based violence.

The objectives of the training were:

  • To learn how Interactive Radio Drama works for behaviour and policy change
  • To develop the group’s ability to devise narrative arcs and characters based on their own experiences related to toxic masculinity and its consequences
  • To build the group’s capacity to record and edit Interactive Radio Drama, and facilitate Interactive Touch Tag on radio

The group broadcasted their original series Matreco (meaning weakling) in Portuguese from September to December 2019. 25 listening clubs in five secondary schools were established involving over 400 boys and girls, who listened to the live broadcasts each week. They were also able to call into the station and replace the main character in the story, to show what they could do – as that character – to challenge toxic masculinity in the story.

The training was delivered in partnership with Voluntary Service Overseas.

Click here to explore our photo story “Challenging Toxic Masculinity” about this project.

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This training was undoubtedly important – it developed skills that I had never imagined would be so important to the existence of any human being. To listen attentively and allow others the space and time to share their thoughts was a particularly spectacular aspect of the training. Thank you Theatre for a Change.

Judite, Training Participant