About 20 members of the Zimbabwean Young Women’s Network for Peace Building (ZYWNPB) in Harare recently watched and discussed a documentary Bronx Princess with Ghanaian-American Rockyato Otoo.
The 38-minute documentary follows Otoo’s transition from high school to Dickinson College as a first-generation college student.
Bronx Princess provides different perspectives of what life in America is like and bridges the communication gap between young and old.
“There were a lot of different topics that the film touched on. One of them is that it gives you a different perspective of what life in America is like. America is the home of immigrants and it is true that there are so many different types of people that live there and everyone is coming from a different culture and a different understanding,” said Otoo.
The film is part of the American Documentary Showcase programme supported by the US embassy, allowing members of the public to view over 24 selected documentaries from the US focusing on family, race relations and other cultural issues.
ZYWNPB programmes officer Alethia Chinowaita said young women’s empowerment starts in the family and their life experiences present similar challenges.
“Young women can be part of the developmental agenda in families, schools and on national issues, as seen in the experience of Rocky in the US and Ghana,” she said.
Chinowaita said ZYWNPB in existence since 2008, had a membership of over 600 young women based in Mashonaland East province and Harare.
She said her organisation’s work is geared at empowering young women to participate in governance and peace building to enable them to make meaningful contributions to the development of the country.