This skit is easy to stage and engages any audience. It shows what a difference a friend, a parent, a child, a professional, or a community can make, and contrasts victim-blaming with empowerment. Riwa’s story raises awareness about gender expectations by women and men, how these expectations perpetuate harsh and unforgiving environments, frozen culture in refugee and immigrant communities, benefits of change to women, men, elders, youth and children, and how gender equality enriches family and community life.

“So many people said they were touched by the skit. The message was so clear, it brought tears to their eyes” (Alabama)

Blanketed By Blame has been used in Alabama, Arizona, Bangladesh, California, Hawai’i, Lebanon, Minnesota, Ohio, Palestine, Texas, Wisconsin.¬†We grant permission to adapt the text, change characters, names, translate the skits, etc. Please fully credit API-GBV and send us a copy of the adapted version.

Dramatization by the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Based on an exercise developed by Ellen Pence
Credited to the Deluth Project and Ellen Pence
Adapted by Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-based Violence

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