Program Highlights 2013
Afternoon Film Program Highlights Women's Rights
March 14, 2013
On March 12, the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam welcomed 45 members from the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) organization to view the National Geographic documentary film "Desert Flower," in observation of Women's History Month. American Fulbright Scholar Lauren Gaydosh introduced the film and led a one hour discussion with the youth following its screening. The film was produced by Peter Herrmann in 2011 and is a true story about Waris Dirie, a victim of genital mutilation forced to marry an elderly man who then escaped to live in London where she found success as a global supermodel. The students discussed challenges faced by women today, including female circumcision and gender based violence, and noted that Waris Dirie's life as an African woman offered them an example on perseverance and finding solutions to problems in order to attain success. Young men participants noted that men must promote women's empowerment in their communities in order to ensure women's contributions and talents contribute to Tanzania's development. The film screening was part of the U.S. Embassy's Women's History Month programming.