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Child in shcool

Blog posting written by Kacey Deamer, Journalism and ENvironmental Studies '13, FLEFF Intern, Binghamton, NY

Released in 2009, this film follows the lives of three strong woman living in rural areas of Africa but making a difference in not only their lives, but the livs of others. As a part of FLEFF week, it was screened in Todd Schack's Issues and the News class on Thursday.

Amai Rose is a Zimbabwean housewife and business women. She was forced to leave school because her parents could no longer afford to send her. She married young, because that was the only option she saw to make her life better. Amai is doing everything she can to provide for her children to ensure that they have an education and life opportunities; even if it means leaving her children on a regular basis to go to a job in the city. Amai is building her own home, something that she could have never dreamed of, and something she wants her children to be able to do.

Phuti Ragophala, a teacher/principal at a rural school in norther South Africa, knows the importance of education. She and other educators at the school will pay out of pocket if need be so that their students can continue their education. Phuti said she wants to "break the chain of poverty" even if through educating just one child. There is a domino effect, she explained, when one child gets and education they can educate their siblings and neighbors.

Njoki Ndung'u is a human rights defense attorney in Kenya. Njoki works to inspire young women to have a career, to think about their lives being worth something more. Sexual education and self-defense play a large part in Njoki's work with young women. Incest and rape are serious problems, but the culture does not allow for discussion of these issues. Njoki works to give young women the confidence to stand-up for themselves and to want more from life than what women in their family have previously settled for.

Africa is a Woman's Name was a very powerful documentary, made even more so by the fact that the film was also made by African women. My ideas of what I can do, as an American woman, were changed after watching this film.

What do you do to empower yourself on a regular basis? I have a mantra that I tell myself whenever I have one of those days where everything seems impossible. 


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