Ntengwe for Community Development’s publications range from a depth of films, documentaries, music CD’s, on HIV and AIDS, property and inheritance rights issues on children’s rights in support of orphans and vulnerable children.
FILMS AND DOCUMENTARIES
WHEN THE COWS COME HOME
30 minute documentary film
HIV and AIDS is a widow and orphans-creating disease. Wives are blamed for having infected the husband, which expose them to domestic violence. Property grabbing from women and children, who are happening in the region today is a symptom, a cause and a consequence of poverty and breaking down of social norms, family ties and social safety nets. Property grabbing has left women and vulnerable and orphaned children in the situation of distress and poverty but little attention has been given in development agenda.
Responding to property grabbing, Ntengwe for Community Development implemented a program to document and test community interventions to secure women´s and girls´ property rights. Participatory community research examined property grabbing and factors that limit women and girls from realizing property and inheritance rights. Women and girls were trained as peer mobilizers in Legal Rights and Advocacy of change agents. "When the Cows Come Home", the docudrama film tracks women and girls in Binga discovering and reclaim their property. Over 600 women have so far re-gained their property. Presenter, Ntengwe Director, Elisabeth Markham is devoted to ensuring the availability of comprehensive legal rights information, supported and tracked by government and the traditional leadership, to grant rights to women and girls as individual rights holders and as a special interest group.
The key piece of legislation that Ntengwe is dealing with, and trying to operationalize, is the Administration of Estates Amendment Act No 6 of 1997. The Act applies to any person to whom customary law applied at the time of death which includes spouses by traditional or legal marriage, and their children, if there is no will. It repealed the provisions of the earlier Act, giving women in customary marriages, the right to inherit property from their husbands. Ntengwe’s issue is not at one of legislation. Instead to find that firstly, in this isolated community of Binga, awareness of the law is low. And, secondly, given that it might go against traditions and practices (that largely benefit men), there is resistance to applying the law. For this reason Ntengwe produced the documentary film “When the Cows Come Home” to create awareness on existing laws and legal frameworks that protect women’s property and inheritance rights.
Three women in Binga District deprived of their inheritance……The law of Zimbabwe protects them but how well is it known and implemented in their isolated community. The film follows 30 year old Sylvia and her mother, and 16 year old Twapegwa through a process of learning about their rights in structured workshops and carrying this knowledge out into their community. As gradual changes in attitude take place in the community, they find support from their Chief and others to confront the property grabbers.
The film can be purchases from Media for development Trust