Ditshwanelo will host the 13th Annual Human Rights Film Festival at Maruapula School from March 21-27th and will be officially opened by British High Commissioner, Nick Pyle.

The films shown will represent an array of themes including: the death penalty, youth activism and social justice, social justice through music, freedom from bullying, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered and Inter-sex rights, freedoms of associations and expression, Zimbabwe and Palestine.

The first film titled Pierrepoint addresses the death penalty theme and will be followed by a post discussion screening led by Attorney Thobo Kerekang. The film is about Albert Pierrepoint, a long serving hangman in England. He executed at least 608 people, including war criminals, between 1933 and 1955. Following his retirement in 1956, the British government acknowledges Pierrepoint as the most efficient executioner in British history. He subsequently wrote his memoirs, in which he concluded that capital punishment was not a deterrent to crime.  The last film that will be showed on March 27th is titled Palestine-roadmap to apartheid. The producers of the film are Ana Nogueira who is a white South African and Eron Davidson a Jewish Israeli. The producers take a close look at the apartheid comparison often used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict using their firsthand knowledge of the issues.

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In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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