The International Images Film Festival for Women has been held for the first time in Gwanda, Matabeleland South province, amid calls for women to be masters of their own destiny despite their social backgrounds.
The festival that came to Gwanda for the first time, saw scores of people converge at the Edward Ndlovu Memorial Library to view the works of renowned film writer and director, Tsitsi Dangarembwa and other artistes.
The films which carry a message of hope for women and girls complimented the theme for this year titled â€œWomen of Decisionâ€.
Officially opening the film festival, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, who is also the Umzingwane Constituency Member of Parliament, Nomalanga Khumalo, said the government has created many opportunities for women to venture into previously male dominated fields such as the arts, adding that the challenge is for them to rise to the occasion.
Gwanda town Mayor, Lionel Deâ€™Necker, said it is everyoneâ€™s responsibility to fight child abuse and gender based violence.
The International Images Film Festival for Women is held in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden.
Some of films that were screened include â€˜I Want a Wedding Dress, starring Maja and Greatest Silence, which talks about rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo.