World Wide Women on BBC3

Although BBC Three does churn out some rather under-nourishing (and yet, admittedly, rather damn tasty) junk food for the mind, it does occasionally come up with some really remarkable programmes. Two recent documentaries have really stood out, revealing the lives of women around the world in both an illuminating and accessible way.

The World’s Most Dangerous Place For Women followed Judith Wanga, a young London based woman who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as she made her journey back to DRC to visit the parents she hadn’t seen for 20 years.  Whilst in Congo, Jude was determined to learn about the plight of women living in a country devastated by war where rape is used as a weapon. Judith ended her eye-opening journey at the V-Day meeting at the Royal Albert Hall, sharing her stories with the hopes for a brighter future and a world more enlightened about the situation in Congo.

Women, Weddings, War and Me ran along similar lines to Judith’s story, following 21 year old Nel who had been brought from Afghanistan by her parents when she was 6 to live in London. Aiming to address a cultural personality crisis, Nel returned to Afghanistan and, in doing so, uncovered the plight of women in the war-torn nation.

The personal aspect of these documentaries meant that they were easy to absorb, and yet the harsher areas that were covered were never sugar coated. These were ordinary women, most likely learning about the full extent of the situations they were discovering along with the majority of viewers at home. These docs were great entry points into learning more about the lives of women around the world, and I’d love to see more like them.

Watch The World’s Most Dangerous Place for Women here and Women, Weddings, War and Me here.

By: Sarah Barnes, 23.04.2010 | Comments (0)
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