Notes to broadcasters
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Katungwe Nkukankhana (See-saws work by pushing each other) is a drama that deals with power imbalances in a young couple’s marriage, a time when men often monopolize decisions, including decisions about sexual life and contraceptives.
Malawi has one of the highest adolescent birth rates in Africa, and the sexual and reproductive health and rights of many adolescent girls and young women continue to be compromised and undermined by a range of factors. These include stigma and discrimination, harmful gender norms and practices, and a lack of awareness, education, and engagement on women’s rights, particularly among men. Adolescent girls and young women are also vulnerable to sexualized and gender-based violence, which, like many other places in the world, often goes unreported.
This script about power imbalances in relationships showcases how harmful cultural practices are passed on from parents to children and, if tolerated in early marriage, can become rooted and passed on through generations. The story is about Takondwa, a young and newly-married woman who confronts gender and power imbalances in her relationship by not remaining silent. With support from their community, the couple find ways to divide household labour in a way that meets the needs of both Takondwa and her husband, Chimwemwe.
You might choose to present this drama as part of your regular farming program, using voice actors to represent the speakers. At the end of the drama, you could air a discussion featuring family planning experts. Or you could air an advertisement about family planning services in your country or area, and explain where young couples can find family planning services, as well as other sexual and reproductive health services.
You could also ask gender activists and listeners to phone in and discuss the issues in the drama and the reality on the ground. They can explain the laws that govern some of the issues in the drama and the family planning decisions that young couples need to make in the early part of their marriage, as well as how to share decision-making and power.
Duration of program, including intro and extro, 25-30 minutes.
SIGNATURE TUNE UP, THEN FADE DOWN AND HOLD UNDER BELOW
I am your presenter, ____, and at the end of the drama, we will open the lines to discuss the issues that arise in the drama. So save your question and comments for the end. You can call or send an SMS or a WhatsApp message when the lines are open to the following numbers, _____. And don’t forget to like our Facebook page so that you can send questions and comments via Facebook too.
SIGNATURE TUNE UP THEN CROSS-FADE INTO BELOW
We meet once a fortnight on Saturdays at my home under the tree to discuss recipes. Men discuss business and can also learn some recipes. We encourage you to join this group because you may be getting pregnant sometime soon.
The drama featured the following people: Chimwemwe was played by _____, Takondwa was ___, Nagama was ____, and Betha was_____. Thank you for listening.
We have opened our SMS and phone lines for discussion. With us today in the studio are (names of experts). They can answer questions on family planning issues. And ___, who is a gender expert, can discuss the gender issues in the play.
Remember, our phone numbers are ___ and our SMS lines are ___.
Contributed by: Gladson Makowa, Info-Exchange Agency Consultancy Company and Story Workshop Educational Trust.
Reviewed by: Thembi Thadzi, Programs and Partnerships Manager, Girl Effect/ZATHU, Malawi.