Mwajuma Simama Animation revolves around the main character, Mwajuma, and her experiences with grooming, consent, sexual harassment, rape, victim-blaming, and other issues. The animation encourages victims to speak out about these incidents and urges society to create a better, violence-free environment for girls and women.
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Episode One: Grooming
The first episode of this animation is about grooming. Grooming is when someone builds a relationship, trust and emotional connection with a child or young person so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them. In this episode, we see Mwajuma’s Uncle develop a close relationship with Mwajuma, listening to her and giving her gifts. However, after a while, the uncle begins to reveal his true intentions. One day, he slowly touched Mwajuma on her left thigh and began to rub it after making sure Mwajuma's mother was not present. Mwajuma doesn't understand why she is feeling uneasy and concerned; after all, he is her uncle! Mwajuma has a lot of questions in her head, as most girls in her situation do, and she ends up blaming themselves, thinking she is overreacting, but what Mwajuma doesn't realize is that what his uncle did is extremely concerning.
Episode Two: Sexual Violence
We showed Mwajuma's encounter with grooming in the first episode, and this second part of the animation depicts sexual violence, i.e. rape. Mwajuma's uncle had sexually assaulted Mwajuma. We saw in the first episode how Mwajuma's uncle tricked her into believing he was someone she could trust and would never hurt her. Grooming occurs when someone establishes a relationship, trust, and emotional connection with a child or adolescent in order to manipulate, exploit, and abuse them. Sexual assaults and rape continue to happen in our societies and should be stopped!
Episode Two: Sexual Violence
The third episode of Mwajuma Simama shows the shaming and blaming of the victims in our society. Mwajuma is seen debating to tell her mother about what happened. In this case, what would her mother do? Will she trust her? Her mother sees her sadness and asks her what she has. Unfortunately, Mwajuma's mother could not believe that her uncle had done this to her. She warns her not to say that because her uncle is incapable od doing so and that Mwajuma is lying. Victim Blaming occurs when the victim of a crime or other wrongdoing is fully or partially responsible for the harm that has befallen them. This blame can be manifested as negative social responses from close family members, friends, co-workers and the community at large!
Victims of sexual harassment speak now more than ever, and everyone can help by listening to them and trusting them. When a victim of sexual harassment follows you and tells you what happened to her, don't say it "What did you wear?" "Why didn't you leave?" "You are lying" etc. But Say, "I hear you" I trust you "" Let me help you find help "etc.