You probably have seen several online games and ignored them. This is understandable with the current fast paced world. What if we told you to play a game to impact development? Half the Sky Movement is an online game that’s worth your time. Wezesha Dada campaign have partnered with Games for Change to develop this game that impacts development.
Wezesha Dada Inua Jamii uses the power of storytelling through various media platforms to share the insightful and inspiring stories of fearless women and men who are bringing positive change to the lives of Kenya’s women and girls.
Using documentary, short educational videos, mobile games, Facebook, and social media platforms, as well as more traditional media outlets, the campaign seeks to focus on pivotal development challenges that affect women and girls in Kenya. Some of the thematic areas that the campaign deals with are: economic empowerment, education, gender based violence, reproductive health, and maternal and child health.
Half the Sky Movement is the first Facebook game with direct virtual to real-life translation. The tasks and issues portrayed in the game all have a real-world equivalent in donations and social action opportunities. When you win a game, you get to donate treatment for fistula fixing. You can also choose to donate a book to a library for a girl’s education. Players will embark on a global journey which begins in India, and moves on to Kenya, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, ending in the U.S.
The game was inspired by Half the Sky Movement, which sparked by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
The game requires internet connection and must be played on a computer. To play the game, one must have a Facebook account to access and play the game. It has been customized with more relatable characters to the Kenyan context. Half the sky features Radhika, a lead character who is an Indian woman fighting to empower herself, her family and her community through a series of quests. Radhika travels from India to Kenya, Vietnam, Afghanistan and the USA to learn about issues and support women worldwide.
The game invites players to make and unlock donations to different charitable organizations that they learn about through game. Donations are not required to complete any part of the game. This is one way you can have fun and make a difference. Spread the word to your friends to also take part in this noble cause.