Image: Practicing interview techniques to document good practices with beneficiaries and community based care facilitators during the intermediate level training workshopWhile it is universally accepted that gender-based violence (GBV) is high but underreported in Southern Africa, it is also acknowledged that there are very few platforms for women to tell their own stories as survivors of violence and advocates for change. Many organizations involved in combating GBV also lack the necessary skills to document women’s experiences so that they can be shared with other women. As a result, many of the stories that could serve to inspire, or to teach other women to recognize when they are in abusive relationships, remain untold. Local civil society organizations (CSOs) rarely document the innovative work that they are doing in the areas of gender and HIV and AIDS; most documentation tends to be done either by a local consultant or by an international organization, reinforcing the notion that documentation is a sphere for experts only. The disadvantage of this is that many CSOs are unable to afford the high costs involved in contracting a consultant to undertake documentation. This leads to massive and recurrent loss of institutional memory when key individuals resign from an organization. In addition, key lessons that are important for promoting learning and sharing are lost in the process.