THEME: Women’s Leadership and Development
TITLE: How to deal with the pain of others: Tips for educators, facilitators and researchers
PUBLISHED BY: Labour Research Service (LRS), South Africa
WHO IS THIS FOR? This article will be useful for those who work in programmes that deal with issues such as gender based violence, sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Written by Nosipho Twala, a facilitator, researcher and educator for the Labour Research Service (LRS) in South Africa, the article details the author’s own experiences of creating unique spaces for groups to work together developing strategies to deal with gender based violence and related issues. Within these safe spaces, people feel free to share, and often painful and troubling stories emerge. This article helps to acknowledge the vicarious trauma which facilitators can also experience, in the pursuit of helping and supporting others.