This study guide offers a starting point for sharing digital stories created in 2008 by rural South Africans in order to explore the links between gender, poverty, violence and HIV. We strongly recommend that you read through this guide before screening stories or leading group discussions. The content of many of the stories is very sensitive, touching on issues like HIV stigma, grief and loss, and abuse.
This guide accompanies the digital stories and aims to facilitate the exploration of the links between gender, violence and HIV, and encourage viewers to take action in support of human rights and social and economic justice. The content of many of the stories is very sensitive, touching on issues like abuse and HIV stigma. Facilitators will want to think carefully about which stories to share and about how to guide conversations in a way that avoids triggering people or shutting them down and instead educates, enlightens, and motivates them.