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IYWD Advocates Safer Spaces for Young Women and Women Political Leaders

Glanis Changachirere, IYWD Team Leader

In celebration of the month of August closing down the curtain of this women’s and Zimbabwe’s Heroines and Heroes month, the Institute for Young Women’s Development (IYWD) will on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 launch the “Prisoners of Conscience” documentary.

The documentary is based on the lived realities of young women and women leaders who have shattered the glass ceiling by participating in politics.

They tell their stories as young women and women leaders focusing on what motivates them to participate in politics, the threats and dangers they have faced, coping mechanisms employed, and how best society can support young women and women leaders.

Based on real-life stories, the IYWD will engage with these young women and women leaders as they tell it all – the arrests, the fear, the guns, the incarceration, the anxiety; everything about being prisoners of the conscience.

The stories will not be complete without them also telling the other side about their children, their families, peace of mind, and careers including their political careers.

“The screening and conversations will help in answering the question: “Is Zimbabwe Upholding its freedom fighter’s aspirations and endeavours?” By unpacking this topic, the objective of the reflections is to provoke the thinking and actions of all progressive people, organisations, and movements on how best we can contribute towards safer environments for young women to exercise their constitutional rights of participating in civic and political processes,” said Glanis Changachirere, IYWD Team Leader.

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