DDC International One Man Can, 2014; Link to video

A short film documents the personal transformation of a young man overcoming alcoholism, gender stereotypes and social norms in rural Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Excessive drinking, King says, affected his education and made him and others vulnerable to HIV.

Then he joined One Man Can, a programme initiated by Sonke Gender Justice, Using a human rights framework to build the capacity of government, civil society and citizens across Southern Africa, Sonke aims to

  • achieve gender equality
  • prevent gender-based violence
  • reduce the spread of HIV and the impact of AIDS

With close friends and the One Man Can group, King developed strategies to drink moderately and began sports training to separate himself from old mindsets and environments. He now helps others to change their lives too.

Since I live in this community, they know me very well. When they see me they ask themselves, ‘How did he change so much?’


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