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Moraba

  • Year: 2012
  • Award: World Summit Youth Award
  • Category: Power 2 Women!
  • Producer: Mxolisi Sakhile Xaba
  • Country: South Africa

Moraba is a mobile game targeting young people to inform and to mobilize against gender-based violence (GBV). The project is part of the UNiTE campaign to End Violence against Women and Girls, run by Afroes, the Southern African Regional Office of UN Women. Social research indicates a lack of information regarding acceptable practice in relationships between girls and boys, including misinformation around rape vs. consenting sex and use of physical force vs. discussion with one’s partner to resolve a domestic incident. Moraba challenges mindsets surrounding gender stereotypes, harmful social norms, cultural practices and peer pressure - and seeks to change behaviours. The free mobile game is a quiz adaptation of the hugely popular Southern African board game Morabaraba – also known as Umlabalaba or Zulu Chess. The game adds a quiz element that requires users to answer questions about GBV, all the while educating and empowering. The quiz includes difficult concepts such as acceptable boundaries, intimate partner rape, and emotional or economic abuse. The game moves users to take action to actively address GBV by encouraging reporting and the sharing of testimonies, calling for individual interventions, as well as, promoting safe behaviour and use of help services.