INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUP ON WOMEN AND SPORT

Screening of Queen Of Katwe The Movie: Conference Social Program

START DATE: 14 October, 2016

END DATE: 14 October, 2016

The International Working Group on Women and Sport hosted as part of the conference social program, participants to the screening of the movie, “Queen of Katwe” which premiered in Botswana on the 14th of October.  The Movie which profiles the life of a young girl from the slums of Katwe in Uganda by the name of Phiona Mutesi was a fitting treat as it gave a live account of the issues discussed over the two day conference. The movie portrays the benefits of sport through the life of Phiona and her coach Robert Katende. The true life story depicts the life of both Phiona and Robert in the slums and how through the game of chess both rise to a life of triumph. Phiona discovered the game and through it improved her life and that of her family.  Her coach Robert Katenge was determined to make her a champion against all odds.

The event doubles as a cultural night and participants came dressed in their best traditional attires and were treated to Botswana traditional cuisine on the roof top and traditional music. The guest speaker at the dinner, IWG Conference Patron Ms. Dorcas Makgato commended the women who have done and continue to do well and a lot for sport in the continent. She gave examples of Amantle Montsho, Caster Semenya and Blessing Ogkagbare who have in the past years put Africa in the world map. She highlighted that it is upon us to ensure that we do not lose them to unsupportive systems and encouraged representatives of various countries to ensure that these heroines continue to be celebrated.

Participants were treated to the screening of the movie, “Queen of Katwe” which premiered in Botswana that night.  The Movie is relevant to women and sport and it projects the benefits of sports through a Ugandan girl, Ms Phiona Mutesi from the slums of Katwe in Uganda. She discovered the game of chess and used it to improve her life and that of her family. Her coach Robert Katenge was determined to make her a champion against all odds. Participants came dressed in their best traditional attires and looked elegant and very colourful. Following the Movie, there was a traditional cocktail dinner which was held in their honor. The guest speaker at the dinner was the IWG Conference Patron Ms. Dorcas Makgato. She commended the women who have done and continue to do well and a lot for sport in our continent. She gave examples of Amantle Montsho, Caster Semenya and Blessing Ogkagbare. She highlighted that it is upon us to ensure that we do not lose them to unsupportive systems. She said the night was going to be about Chess, as it gives a real live example of what it has done for the young women and girls in sport. A traditional cocktail dinner was served to the guests with a traditional group serenading the attendants.

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