11 episodes

Cry Like a boy is a documentary and interview podcast that explores how men are defying stereotypes and promoting gender equality. The series brings you to five African nations to discover how local communities are working towards change. Cry like a Boy is the first original podcast of Euronews, produced with the support of the European Journalism Center and of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Available in English and French. 

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Cry Like a boy is a documentary and interview podcast that explores how men are defying stereotypes and promoting gender equality. The series brings you to five African nations to discover how local communities are working towards change. Cry like a Boy is the first original podcast of Euronews, produced with the support of the European Journalism Center and of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Available in English and French. 

    Banna Ba Mamaenara in Lesotho: No man's land

    Banna Ba Mamaenara in Lesotho: No man's land

    There's an impoverished mountainous district of Lesotho where many illegal mineworkers live with their families. But women often wait there for their husbands for months and sometimes years. Many of the illegal mineworkers work in clandestine and abandoned mines in South Africa, run by criminal gangs. Some left to provide for their families, some die trying.


    In this second episode of our podcast series set in Lesotho, we talk about the fate of the people left behind by those men tasked by their families to provide, tasked to be breadwinners. But when the money runs out, they could even be rejected by their families. After all, what kind of a man are you if you can’t provide for your family? This hyper-masculinity, however, brings with it an aspect that could help men to heal from their wounds. Brotherhood. Some in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, have decided to knock on the door of an ex-miner association, asking for help.


    In this episode, we used music by Lesotho artist Selimo Thabane. You can check out his work at selimothabane.org.With original reporting and editing by Pascalinah Kabi in Maseru, Lesotho; Lillo Montalto Monella, Marta Rodriguez Martinez, Naira Davlashyan, Peya Mame Diaw & Arwa Barkallah in Lyon, Lory Martinez in Paris, France, and Clizia Sala in London, UK. Production Design by Studio Ochenta.Theme by Gabriel Dalmasso. Special thanks to our producer Natalia Oelsner for collecting the music for this episode. Our editor-in-chief is Yasir Khan. Share with us your own stories of how you changed and challenged your view on what it means to be a man. Use #crylikeaboy. If you’re a French speaker, this podcast is also available in French and it’s called: Dans la Tête des Hommes
     
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    • 20 min
    Banna Ba Mamaenara in Lesotho: Brothers of darkness

    Banna Ba Mamaenara in Lesotho: Brothers of darkness

    How far are you willing to go to provide for your family? Would you put your life at risk to put bread on the table? What if you had no choice? There is a country in Africa where thousands of men have felt so much pressure to provide for their families that they are employed by criminal gangs as illegal miners, digging for gold in clandestine mines. In some cases, they will never see the light again. 


    In this new episode of Cry Like a Boy, we visit Lesotho, where people who once were considered heroes are no longer regarded as men. However, many don’t know that European migrant miners experienced similar hardships and many still do.


    In this episode, we used extracts of the song ‘Marina’ by Rocco Granata, originally recorded in 1959. We also used music by Lesotho artist Selimo Thabane. You can check out his work at selimothabane.org and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube as Selimo Thabane.


    With original reporting and editing by Pascalinah Kabi in Maseru, Lesotho; Lillo Montalto Monella, Marta Rodriguez Martinez, Naira Davlashyan, Peya Mame Diaw & Arwa Barkallah in Lyon, Lory Martinez in Paris, France, and Clizia Sala in London, UK. Production Design by Studio Ochenta.Theme by Gabriel Dalmasso. Special thanks to our producer Natalia Oelsner for collecting the music for this episode. Our editor-in-chief is Yasir Khan. For more information on Cry Like a Boy, a Euronews original series and podcast go to euronews.com/programs/cry-like-boy to find opinion pieces, videos and articles on the topic. 


    Follow us @euronews on Twitter and euronews.tv on Instagram. Share with us your own stories of how you changed and challenged your view on what it means to be a man. Use #crylikeaboy. If you’re a French speaker, this podcast is also available in French and it’s called: Dans la Tête des Hommes.


    Correction: The study conducted by Joanna Syrda shows that men who are the only earners are relatively stressed but they were not as stressed as men whose partners are the principal earners. Also, her research does not address the consequences for society, but only focuses on spousal relative income and male psychological distress. 
     
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    The Góor-jigéen in Senegal: Sexual Colonisation

    The Góor-jigéen in Senegal: Sexual Colonisation

    What are the origins of homophobia in Africa? Where do the laws that punish same-sex relationships come from? South-African activist Khopotso Bodibe speaks to Youssef Belghmaidi, a Moroccan trans woman activist based in France, and Sheba Akpokli, an LGBTQI+ rights activist from Togo, about colonialism and its impact on sexual diversity and education.


    Like this episode? Share your thoughts on how you have challenged your view on what it means to be a man using the hashtag #CryLikeaBoy. And if you are a French speaker, this podcast is also available in French: Dans la tête des hommes.


    Hosted by Khopotso Bodibe; with original reporting and editing by Marta Moreiras in Dakar, Senegal; Naira Davlashyan, Marta Rodríguez Martínez and Lillo Montalto Monella in Lyon, and Lory Martinez in Paris, France; Clizia Sala in London, United Kingdom. Production Design by Studio Ochenta. Theme music by Gabriel Dalmasso. Music curation for this episode is by Natalia Oelsner. Graphic Design by Alexis Caddeo & Alois Bombardier. Our executive producer is Yasir Khan.
     
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    • 17 min
    The Góor-jigéen in Senegal: Coming out

    The Góor-jigéen in Senegal: Coming out

    In this episode of Cry Like a Boy, South-African activist Khopotso Bodibe speaks to Youssef Belghmaidi, the organizer of the first pride march in the multicultural neighbourhood of Saint-Denis in Paris. She is a Moroccan trans woman activist based in Aubervilliers near the French capital. 


    Our second guest, Sheba Akpokli, is an LGTBIQ+ rights activist from Togo . She represents the African region on the World Board of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. 


    They will talk about being queer in Africa and in Europe. Does coming out affect the way people see you as a man? Does it change your daily lifestyle? Why do some immigrants continue to live in the closet when they move to Europe?


    Like this episode? Share your thoughts on how you have challenged your view on what it means to be a man with Euronews using the hashtag #CryLikeaBoy. And if you are a French speaker, this podcast is also available in French: Dans la tête des hommes.


    Hosted by Khopotso Bodibe; with original reporting and editing by Marta Moreiras in Dakar, Senegal; Naira Davlashyan, Marta Rodríguez Martínez and Lillo Montalto Monella in Lyon, and Lory Martinez in Paris, France; Clizia Sala in London, United Kingdom. Production Design by Studio Ochenta. Theme music by Gabriel Dalmasso. Music curation for this episode is by Natalia Oelsner. Graphic Design by Alexis Caddeo & Alois Bombardier. Our executive producer is Yasir Khan.
     
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    • 22 min
    The Góor-jigéen in Senegal: The Past

    The Góor-jigéen in Senegal: The Past

    A few decades ago, some Senegalese men openly identified themselves as not male or female, but as an alternative gender - the “Góor-jigéen” or “men-women”. Senegalese society accepted them, and they moved about freely in the streets of Dakar and other towns, dressed as women. Today, in those very same streets, men seen as behaving effeminately in any way are often harassed or attacked.


    Do any Senegalese still remember the time when this didn’t happen? Why did things change?


    In this episode, we investigate the colonial roots of homophobia in Senegal. To do this, we travel back in time to when Dakar was known as the “gay capital” of West Africa.


    Hosted by Danielle Olavario; with original reporting and editing by Marta Moreiras in Dakar, Senegal; Naira Davlashyan, Marta Rodríguez Martínez and Lillo Montalto Monella in Lyon, and Lory Martinez in Paris, France; Clizia Sala in London, United Kingdom. Production Design by Studio Ochenta. Theme music by Gabriel Dalmasso. Music curation for this episode is by Natalia Oelsner. Graphic Design by Alexis Caddeo & Alois Bombardier. With editorial and production assistance from: Ignatius Annor, Tokunbo Salako, Paul Hackett and Sylvain Dutang. Our editor in chief is Yasir Khan.
    In this episode, we used music by Sahad Sarr, a Senegalese artist and songwriter, involved in the development of rural populations. You can check out his work at sahadpatchwork.com.


    This episode features extracts from Friends (The One With Joey's Bag, 1999) and Lambe, La lutte sénégalaise (Paulin Soumana Vieira, 1963). You can check more information about his work and buy the film in www.psv-films.fr.
    Like this episode? Share your thoughts on how you have challenged your view on what it means to be a man with Euronews using the hashtag #CryLikeaBoy. And if you are a French speaker, this podcast is also available in French: Dans la tête des hommes.
     
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    • 15 min
    The Góor-jigéen in Senegal: The Secret

    The Góor-jigéen in Senegal: The Secret

    Junior is a young Senegalese man who lives with a secret about who he is. He’s kept it from his family and even his childhood friends, because he’s afraid of not only rejection, but persecution, and even imprisonment. The secret is that Junior is gay.


    In this episode, Dakar-based journalist Marta Moreiras explores what it means to be gay in Senegal, where homosexual men here are targeted with the slur “Góor-jigéen” - a pejorative term which literally means “men-women” in the Wolof language, and is used to belittle their masculinity. 


    Hosted by Danielle Olavario; with original reporting and editing by Marta Moreiras in Dakar, Senegal; Naira Davlashyan, Marta Rodríguez Martínez and Lillo Montalto Monella in Lyon, and Lory Martinez in Paris, France; Clizia Sala in London, United Kingdom. Production Design by Studio Ochenta. Theme music by Gabriel Dalmasso. Music curation for this episode is by Natalia Oelsner. Graphic Design by Alexis Caddeo & Alois Bombardier. With editorial and production assistance from: Ignatius Annor, Nial O'Reilly and Sylvain Dutang. Our editor in chief is Yasir Khan.


    This episode features extracts from Milk (2008), Rocketman (2019) and Moonlight (2016).
    In this episode, we used music by Sahad Sarr, a Senegalese artist and songwriter, involved in the development of rural populations. You can check out his work at sahadpatchwork.com.


    Like this episode? Share your thoughts on how you have challenged your view on what it means to be a man with Euronews using the hashtag #CryLikeaBoy. And if you are a French speaker, this podcast is also available in French: Dans la tête des hommes.
     
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