Last week, teams in Tajikistan launched a series of puppet performances at Oxfam target schools. About 200 children watched the colorful performances, featuring locally made puppets and local music under the open sky, framed by beautiful snow-capped mountains. The performances use an adapted version of a famous fairy tale, Raddish, to deliver messages about the important role women play in agriculture here. In Tajikistan, there is high out-migration of men for economic reasons and the majority of small-holders are women. Despite this, attitudes towards women in food production are not always favorable and the shows aim to raise awareness and to change attitudes. They feature as part of the country's GROW campaign, an initiative that focuses on sustainable access to food and gender equality in its production. The initial performances were well received, and the show will continue to travel to Rudaki district and Khatlon region to be performed at 19 more schools at Oxfam target villages.
Photo credit: Pierre Thiriet
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