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Prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (PSEAH)

Training in action to change behaviour using “Forum theatre” methods.

Formation PSEAH en Afrique

Based on role-playing exercises using “Forum Theatre” techniques, this training course challenges (bad) habits. It is aimed at staff in the media, NGOs, international organisations and companies in Africa.

The aim is to identify, prevent and take action against abuse of power, discrimination and gender-based violence, both internally and externally. Through essential theoretical input, practical exercises and forum theatre, participants develop their skills to create a safer and more inclusive working environment that fosters respect and equity.

You are
  • Professionals in the media, communications or creative and cultural industries in Africa.
  • Professionals from non-governmental organisations or international organisations.
On completion of the course, you will be able to
  • Recognise and characterise sexist behaviour;
  • Respond spontaneously to ordinary sexism;
  • Recognising situations of harassment and identifying prohibited behaviour;
  • Listening to and supporting victims;
  • Applying the internal alert system so that people can speak out.
Teaching method: Forum theatre

Formation PSEA et théatre forum en Afrique

Forum theatre is an interactive method of participatory theatre that tackles complex social issues such as discrimination and violence. This participatory methodology aims to empower participants to tackle these complex issues.

The main benefits of this approach :

  • Gives participants a concrete, embodied understanding of the dynamics of discrimination and violence, beyond a simple theoretical contribution
  • Encourages participants to express themselves and speak out, by involving them actively
  • Develops critical thinking, empathy and the ability to take action on these issues
  • Creates a space for dialogue and collective reflection on sensitive issues
  • Encourages the development of innovative solutions adapted to the participants’ contexts

Module 1 – What exactly are we talking about?

  • Introduction by the trainer and round-table discussion to identify participants
  • Ice-breaker activity to get to know each other and raise initial issues
  • Introduction: abuse and gender-based violence (GBV): what are we talking about?
  • Definitions of abuse of power and GBV based on UN texts
  • Identifying the different types of GBV
  • Avoiding sexist clichés: exercises to identify stigmatizing words and problematic wording.

Module 2 – Forum theater (internal situations)

  • Presentation of the organization’s code of conduct and anti-abuse policy;
  • Moral, sexual, environmental and cyber harassment: how to differentiate and characterize situations;
  • Overview of situations involving inappropriate behavior: identifying ordinary sexism;
  • Online quiz to consolidate knowledge: distinguishing the illegal from the inappropriate;
  • Dating and reciprocity: the question of consent;
  • Forum theater exercise with role-playing scenarios based on real-life situations.
  • Forum theater debriefing and free discussion time. analysis of real-life situations.

Module 3 – Forum theater (external situations)

  • Tools and methods for dealing with problem situations within the team
  • How to act concretely when faced with situations: you are a victim / you are a witness, what can you do?
  • Forum theatre exercise with role-playing scenarios based on real-life situations
  • Forum theatre debriefing and free discussion time.
  • Forum theatre exercise with role-playing scenarios based on real-life situations;
  • Forum theatre debriefing and free discussion time;

Module 4 – Consolidating skills

  • Identify the boundary between the professional and personal spheres;
  • Identify contexts that encourage intrusions into private life.
  • Final session :
    • Final debriefing of the coaching session and gathering of needs for the future.
    • Distribution of evaluation sheets + online support (or on USB key)
    • Final round-table discussion for self-assessment exercise
Equipment needed

This training is best carried out in a dedicated training room. Whenever possible, it is important that the room is not adjacent to the participant’s usual workplace, to encourage freedom of expression.

Training certificate

At the end of the session, Samsa Africa issues a training certificate to participants who have successfully completed the various exercises proposed during the course.

Attestation de formation à la prévention contre les violences sexuelles et sexistes en Afrique
Dates & places

Our trainers

Our trainers are seasoned professionals, mainly journalists based in Africa or Europe, with extensive experience of working and living conditions on the continent.

Trainer: Sophie Ekoué

Sophie Ekoue Samsa Africa

A former journalist with RFI, TV5 Monde and Africa n°1, for nearly 20 years I hosted society magazines, cultural reports and the weekly literary magazine “Littérature sans frontières” on Radio France Internationale.
As a radio trainer, I work on women’s leadership in the press and media in West Africa.
In 2021, with the Samsa Africa team, I designed an e-learning module on journalism and gender issues. I also run several PSEAH training courses in Africa.

What is PSEAH?

PSEAH is the acronym used by most international organizations. It stands for Protection from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment.
In French, we also the fight against sexual and gender-based discrimination. All these behaviors fall into the category of abuse of power.

What criminal definition?

To define the different types of abuse discussed during this training course, Samsa Africa has decided to base itself on the definitions drawn up within the United Nations system.

This worldwide basis makes it possible to create a single, common frame of reference for teams spread across several countries with different legislation.

This training course can be organized in the following cities (or others on the continent): Dakar (Senegal), Bamako (Mali), Conakry (Guinea), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Niamey (Niger), N'Djamena (Chad), Nouakchott (Mauritania), Abidjan or Yamoussoukro (Ivory Coast), Libreville (Gabon), Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), Yaoundé or Douala (Cameroon), Bujumbura (Burundi), Kigali (Rwanda), Antananarivo (Madagascar), Moroni (Comoros), Djibouti (Djibouti), Tunis (Tunisia), Algiers (Algeria), Rabat (Morocco), Accra (Ghana), Lagos (Nigeria), Nairobi (Kenya), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Kampala (Uganda), Lusaka (Zambia), Harare (Zimbabwe), Gaborone (Botswana), Windhoek (Namibia), Maseru (Lesotho), Mbabane (Eswatini), and Monrovia (Liberia).