Africa Women Filmmakers Trust works to advance gender equality and justice through the use of information and communication technologies by facilitating content production and dissemination that supports girls, women and disadvantaged communities to take informed choices.
Taking into cognizance that information communication technologies are a gendered tool, AWFT strives to address imbalances in the access and use of ICT’s hence the adoption of the participatory approach which is empowering to its subjects, giving them a voice hence becoming protagonists of their own development.
We envision a world in which the media is not perceived as a tool to disenfranchise any groups in society but allows and fosters participation at all levels by everyone.
Africa Women Filmmakers Trust believes that participatory media is effective in educating, creating awareness, movement building and cultural expression.
Assist in the creation of more informed and empowered communities with the capacity to make individual and collective informed decisions.
Dr. Chido Felicity Erica Matewa is one of the founding members of Africa Women Filmmakers Trust an organisation which promotes the use of participatory media in development.
She holds a PhD, Masters of Science in Educational Research and Masters in Education and the Mass Media from the University of Manchester (UK), BA General Degree from the University of Zimbabwe and a Diploma in Film Production and Directing from Kenya Institute of Mass Communication as well as Diploma in Personnel Management from the Institute of Personnel Management in Zimbabwe and Third level Group Diploma in Marketing and several online courses in monitoring and evaluation.
Chido is one of the founding board members of the independent Africa Community Publishing and Development Trust an organization which produces development training manuals.
She is the author of a Chapter in Vol 1 of the book, ’Making Our Media-Global Initiatives Toward a Democratic Public Sphere (Hampton Press, New Jersey:2009) with the title, ‘Participatory Video as an Empowerment Tool’. Chido also authored the book, ‘Man of the People-the autobiography of Stephen Matewa’. Chido’s unpublished works includes the following thesis and dissertations:
Val Ingham Thorpe is a psychologist by profession. She is registered both as a Clinical and Medical psychologist. She has contributed immensely to the following, mental health profession in Zimbabwe, given her input in WHO programme on mental health, in the setting up of Family Therapy Unit and Victim Friendly Courts, and was organising committee for the international conference on mental health, was the mental health adviser for Msasa Project [for rape victims] during its inception and participated in its educational and informative radio programmes. As a board member of the Anglican Church, she participated in the setting up of clinics, counselling, feeding scheme and skills training for street children. Val is one of the Women’s Coalition – founding member, one of four drafters of the Zimbabwe Women’s Charter and also the founding member of Veritas, a non-for-profit organization which provides information on the work of parliament and laws of Zimbabwe to the general public and most recently facilitated the court case challenging early marriages of girls to the constitutional court which is yet to be finalised.
She is a statistician and monitoring evaluation by profession with wide knowledge of EPI-Info, SPSS and STAT for data analysis. MSc Statistics (Univ. of Kwazulu Natal), BSc Statistics & Mathematics(Univ. of Zimbabwe)Certificate in Monitoring & Evaluation (Univ. of Pretoria) Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring & Evaluation Methods (Univ. of Stellenbosch). She is the current Monitoting and Evaluation Manager for Mosaic. She has also provided consultancy services for Creative Consultancy and Developnet Works.
He holds a National Diploma in Journalism and has worked for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation as a Camera person from 2004 to 2015 before joining Africa Women filmmakers Trust in January 2016.
She completed an Bachelors of Technology Accountancy Honours degree at the University of Zimbabwe in 1993 and a Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation from Regenesys School of Public management in South Africa. She has worked as a programme officer for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and as the Financial Monitoring officer for the Southern Africa AIDS Trust (SAT) from 2008-2011 before joining Africa Women Filmmakers Trust in 2016 as the accounting, monitoring and evaluation officer.