Unless I Say Yes—Sexual Choices of Young Women and Men
by Staff Contributor Camry Haskins
On Thursday, February 5, the Global Women’s Institute (GWI) hosted the 12th anniversary of the Bokamoso youth’s residency at GW. As part of their visit, the South African youth drama and music program took part in an interactive workshop with the GW community. It was a cross-cultural workshop centered on sexual choices in adolescence. The event began with a series of performances based on issues faced by South African youths. The four performances were entitled: “Boy’ Rap”, “Step Around”, “It Won’t Happen to You”, and “Take Off the Mask”. The performances covered topics that included: sex in relationships, female disempowerment, and family struggles.
After the performances, the Bokamoso youths formed a semi-circle on the stage and began an open dialogue with the audience. Questions regarding differences between cultures started the discussion, but it quickly adapted to statements of similarity. The Bokamoso visitors were surprised that they shared similar situations with individuals around the world. The general consensus was a realization of how similar all of our stories are.