Conference of African Women Filmmakers
Johannesburg, South Africa
3 September 2010


Having met at the Goethe Institute Johannesburg, at the Conference of African Women Filmmakers held from the 2nd until the 5th of September 2010

Having deliberated on the continued misrepresentation and under-representation of women in general, and in particular of African women worldwide in the moving images media

Recognising our exclusion as a group from a fair share of the resources of all natures that constitute the means of representation in the medium of moving images in all its forms

Recognizing that the media represent a social voice and position of authority so that that which appears in the media is socially empowered and that which does not appear in the media is socially disempowered with the result that mainstream moving images media works to continue the subjugation of women, and particularly of African women

Acknowledging the platform availed to us by the Goethe Institute, Johannesburg

this meeting of women film practitioners requests all national cultural ministries and all national public broadcasters on the our continent, and the Commission of Culture in the African Union to take appropriate steps, in conjunction with representative structures of African Women Film practitioners (such as UPAFI – Pan African Women in Film and its affiliated membership bodies,) as well as regional bodies (such as Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe) to hold consultations aimed at putting into place mechanisms to implement, with critical and urgent considerations, this manifesto.


This manifesto, drafted on this day of the 3 September 2010, states the following:

  1. 1.        That African women film practitioners be availed of a 50% privilege of all public and private development, production and distribution resources, including human resources invested in moving images media in all their forms on the African continent.


2.         That all broadcasting content, whether private or public, conform to a 50% woman-determined content protocol through the setting up of gender desks, and through other strategies, in all public and private broadcasters on the African continent.      

3.         All official decision-making bodies concerned with broadcasting, whether public or private and in whichever capacity, initiate strategies with the ultimate aim in the foreseeable future of membership consisting of 50% women in these decision-making bodies.

Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe), Beti Ellerson (USA), Seipati Bulani-Hopa (South Africa)

South Africa, 3 September 2010

The meeting to ratify the manifesto was duly held at International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) 2010, in Harare Zimbabwe with delegates from Africa and European countries.