Mali/Burkina Faso: Caravan of Hope

 Emanzipation of women in rural areas: Awareness raising trough theatre forums

In October 2013, the village of Koloko in the province of Kénédougou in Burkina Faso hosted the educational and cultural “Caravan of Hope”, which aims to strengthen the capacities of rural women and women’s organisations in the area as well as in the province of Sikasso in Mali. This initiative was launched by HOPE’87 in cooperation with the UNESCO in order to raise awareness about different topics concerning especially women.

In Koloko, a village situated 50 km from Orodara, the theatre group “Djiguya”, played two sketches, of which one focused on the question of health and here especially on diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria. The other dealt with the issues forced marriage,  the importance of education and child trafficking. The mayor of the village, Salou Traoré, appreciates this initiative of HOPE’87, as it raised awareness within the population about certain issues, which bar the way to development and emanzipation. After the performance he strongly asked for the initiative to be repeated in the foreseeable future. The success of the project, which was not only visible by the vast mobilisation of people attending the play, but also in the atmosphere, enthusiasm and excitement within the villagers watching it, strongly derives from the unique approach. As Mr. Yacouba Traoré, the responsible project officer of HOPE’87 Burkina Faso, states, theatre is one of the most effective ways to spread a message within the rural population.

To get an impression of the atmosphere and the working method of the theatre group, watch this video of a performance of the theatre group “DYGYA”: