Workshops encourage participants to actively engage with issues of stigma and discrimination, particularly as they relate to LGBTI communities, through the lens of “Umunthu.”
A Pan-African philosophical concept, Umunthu is often defined in the phrase, “I am because we are.” Umunthu respects and celebrates the interconnectedness and interdependence of humanity with emphasis on tolerance, togetherness, diversity, co-existence and unity.
Workshops are designed to address the underlying attitudes and behaviours that undermine the health, welfare and rights of LGBTI individuals. Using Process Theatre, story-telling and role-playing, participants critically explore the concept of Umunthu, reflect on their own experiences with discrimination and examine which groups face discrimination in society. Each workshop culminates in action planning, with participants collaborating on strategies to create a more inclusive environment in their community, educational or professional setting.
Umunthu Workshops currently focus on Higher Education and include students, faculty and administration.