Drama Queens was founded March 2016 with the first leg of the organization being their free sex education workshops on consent. These workshops dubbed ‘Lets Talk Consent’ are a gender-based sex education that focuses on respect and human dignity in sexual relationships as expressed through asking and recognizing consent and non-consent. These are run in high schools and universities in the country. Eventually, they launched their theatre leg, Drama Queens and their theme for the first season is ‘Sex, Rage & Justice’. Their tagline is Centering Herstories in a world that seeks to erase them.
Drama Queens seeks to use theatre as a means of restoring gender equity and balance to achieve a world state where women would no longer be a group of the oppressed, but would be creative and active agents, playing their key roles in contributing to universal progress. They aim to contribute to a future world where woman is not oppressed by a patriarchy made active through race, religion, societal norms, culture, economics, and any other tool used by the perversion of patriarchy to suppress woman.
Through theatre, Drama Queens aims to encourage a richer conversation around women’s lives, their roles in society and in world progress. By providing edgy, modern plays that challenge the status quo, Drama Queens aims to encourage its audience to question patriarchal rules, norms and ideas about gender and the role of the female. The group’s productions, aiming to be innovative and highly creative, will seek to address a wide berth of topics from sexuality to climate change. “We believe that only through truthful and honest equity of the sexes can there be universal progress and Drama Queens aims to contribute to the several efforts towards achieving that by working with the minds,” they say. By recognizing the catalytic effects of powerful theatre in engendering richer conversation and critical thinking, Drama Queens aims to tackle the widespread problem of patriarchy, challenging stereotypes, empowering women, by engaging with the mind to bring meaningful change.
The group recently held a tweetathon, hosting a nationwide conversation via @letstalkconsent and #letstalkconsent where Ghanaians spoke honestly about the lack of consent in sexual relationships and their consequences, gender socialization and how this creates or doesn’t create a language for consent, rape culture, the right responses to a survivor of rape and how one can make Ghana a country free of rape culture. “It was inspiring and left many feeling hopeful about a rape-culture-free society,” they say.