PROJECT CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF FUNDING
See the alternative project Dot will be undertaking for Girl’s Education … she still hopes she may do this documentary in the future or she is willing to support someone who wishes to undertake it.
In autumn of 2018 Dot Bekker will be leaving Europe and driving back to Zimbabwe. Her journey will take her through 20+ countries and approximately 20.000 kms. Dot aims to use the journey not only to discover more of Africa (she has already driven through much of Europe, parts of USA and Canada) and in doing so she aims meet, interview and form a lasting record of some of Africa’s most powerful, successful and influential women from community leaders, scientists, entrepreneurs, politicians and leaders.
The idea of the documentary came about through researching for the project of Kusasa. It became evident that the empowerment of women was reliant on three main factors:
• Demonstrating to leaders, politicians, chiefs and mainly men the fact that empowering women had positive consequences and to persuade them to pass more laws to safeguard girls and encourage their advancement.
• The need for parents and guardians to understand that educating girls meant a higher likelihood of a positive return to them and the community as educated girls reduce child mortality and usually give back to their families.
• To motivate and inspire girls, to demonstrate that education would open doors and opportunities that they had not even been able to dream about.
Why a documentary? Firstly good role models are more likely to inspire and create aspirations and positive actions amongst youth. However, successful role models also closely resemble the ethnicity and gender of the person impacted. Therefore while having role models outside of Africa may seem positive most girls are unlikely to consider that they have any chance of achieving such success.
Faith Mangwanya (University of Cambridge graduate in Graphene Technology) writes about ‘Growing up in Africa’ … “Now more than ever we need to know of local role models who have won their legion of battles. When I was younger I wanted to be a singer or an actress. There is nothing wrong with these professions, but every girl in my neighbourhood also wanted to either be a singer or actress. It recently dawned on me, up until the age of 15 the only successful black women I knew of were musicians or actresses. We emulate what we see. While there are many unsung heroes that have done great works. We need to identify them and decorate them.”
The documentary Women in Africa aims to take as diverse a range of successful women in each country that Dot traverses and interview them. Primarily the aim is to create a pan-African documentary to share the stories of African women across all social standings and how they achieved success. There would also be opportunity to create mini country documentaries.