Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Women’s position in Africa – SASA!


Sasa is Swahili and means now. This was the name of a film that was presented at TAMK on Tuesday February 10 when Sr. Regina Opoku from St. Augustine University, Mwanza, Tanzania was visiting TAMK. She had an interactive lecture about the position of women in Africa to an audience of both student and staff of TAMK.

The film presented the true stories of Mama Joyce in Tanzania and Josephine in Uganda about their experiences about domestic violence and HIV/AIDS. It also presented hope and encouragement by telling, how these two African women survived and how they are now helping others facing similar experiences. In her lecture Sr. Opoku raised questions to the audience about the situation in each ones own country and environment. The lecture together with the film launched a lively discussion and questions about the topic in the auditorium. The topic was somewhat different than we are used to here in engineering, media and business schools, but extremely important one. I am convinced that the discussion did not end to the end of the lecture, but continues also afterwards.

Story: Eeva-Liisa Viskari

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