YWCA sensitises communities through drama

MUHANGA-The Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) has launched a play intended to sensitise and transform the lives of the historically marginalised communities in the country.The 45-minute play dubbed - 'Bangamwabo', written by Charles Habyarimana, and directed by British expert, Fiona Buffini, was launched in Nyamabuye Sector in Muhanga District, on Monday.
Dramatists demostrate the state of livelihood of formerly marginalised groups in Rwanda. New Times /Daniel Sabiiti
Dramatists demostrate the state of livelihood of formerly marginalised groups in Rwanda. New Times /Daniel Sabiiti

MUHANGA-The Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) has launched a play intended to sensitise and transform the lives of the historically marginalised communities in the country.

The 45-minute play dubbed - 'Bangamwabo', written by Charles Habyarimana, and directed by British expert, Fiona Buffini, was launched in Nyamabuye Sector in Muhanga District, on Monday.

The YWCA Chairperson, Ernestine Kaligirwa, explained that the play aims at changing the mindsets, attitudes, stereotypes and perception of the society on the status of marginalised communities.

"The play will have an impact on the attitude of the community, and the first step of change begins with the mindset of the social and historically marginalised people and those living around them," Kaligirwa said.

The play features 12 characters, including persons from the marginalised communities. Some spent three days in the homes of the communities to master their roles.

The play portrays the social, economic and cultural difficulties faced by the minority groups in Rwanda.

"This sends out a message of collaboration needed by both the marginalised and civilised groups in order to attain uniform transformation,” Habyarimana said.

He said that change is possible, with unity and support from the whole community.

The Mayor of Muhanga, Yvonne Mutakwasuku, noted that drama was vital in creating awareness.

“Such plays are important in driving the message home that all Rwandans are equal and have access to all opportunities. The minority groups are being supported by the government. However, it calls for involvement and desire to change among all people” Mutakwasuku noted.

A member of the formerly marginalised group, Emmanuel Itangishaka, hailed the play as educative, depicting the reality of the lives of the minority groups.

 “The play should be shown in our communities and broadcast on radio stations and TV, so as to educate the whole community,” Itangishaka suggested.

The play was sponsored by the European Commission and the Minority Rights Group, and will be available to the public soon.

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