Although in most countries, the law guarantees equal rights, women face disadvantages almost everywhere — including in Sierra Leone, where they have a harder time accessing education and work opportunities. Here, violence against girls and women often goes without legal consequences. Even the media, controlled predominantly by men, rarely reports on these issues.
The ON THE RISE project brought together 24 young women and men for a two-week workshop in Makeni (Northern Province). In close dialogue, they searched out topics and stories and developed them into screenplays. At the same time, they explored the role of media in society.
Following this training, the participants created eight short films, which were shown on television and in a pop-up cinema tour throughout Sierra Leone with the goal of initiating a sustainable debate about gender equality.