our professional team
Dr. Chido Felicity Erica Matewa
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 Chido’s unpublished works includes the following thesis and dissertations:
- Media and the empowerment of communities for social change
- The role of the print media in development
- The role of the mass media in the subordination and marginalization of women in Africa
Val Ingham Thorpe
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.
Rebecca is an accountant by profession. She is also one of the founding members of Africa Women Filmmakers Trust. She is one of the members of Africa Women Filmmakers Trust who have collaborated in the development of the participatory approach in video production.
She is dedicated to the empowerment of women and the girl child.
Ms. E. Chinwanengara
Mrs E. Chinwanengara is a teacher by profession. She has also worked in development as a volunteer. She advocates for gender equality and the empowerment of women.