Global health anthropology

Part 2 of an edutainment drama

Exploring methods of engagement in research on youth sexual and reproductive health

Choices & Consequences
Film-still from the edutainment drama "Choices and Consequences", Part 2.
Tewodros Hailemikael

Main content

Part 2 of the cinematic edutainment drama "Choices & Consequences" (2o min) addresses gender norms that influence youth sexuality in a context where reproductive options, in the case of different contraceptive methods and safe abortion services, are in fact legally available for them. Knowledge about these options is low, however, and the silence around youth sexual and reproductive health issues prevails. When sexual abstention before marriage is reinforced by the female virginity ideal, it also becomes difficult for girls to be prepared and protect themselves if it “just happens”. It also asks whether other options for being a responsible man are thinkable.

Also this second part of the edutainment drama from Endabaguna in north-western Tigray, North-Ethiopia, is produced in cooperation with the Ethiopian film-maker Tedowros Hailemichael and his production company Selina Studio in Mekelle as well as youth from Endabaguna Secondary and Preparatory Schools. Qualitative research data is generated from the process of making the dramas and from discussions of the drama with youth, parents, teachers, religious leaders and other community members on youth sexuality and gender norms, contraceptive use and abortion.