Not Your Bride: A Woman’s Constitution

Director: Tapiwa Gambura | Countries of production: Zimbabwe | Year: 2016 | Length: 6 min
Age: 12+ years
Genres: Documentary | | Regions: Africa, Zimbabwe

This story follows Ruvimbo Topodzi’s journey to self-empowerment as she learnt to find her voice against her father, her abusive first husband and eventually the Zimbabwean Constitution.

Ruvimbo refused to be another statistic for the cases of Child marriages in Zimbabwe, and although she was married at 15, she eventually took a stand at the age of 16 to leave her marriage and challenge the legal age of consent in Zimbabwe from 16 to 18. Now Ruvimbo, alongside her second husband is the founder of the Topodzi Foundation Trust that aims to educate child brides, as well as provide them and young women with means of economic independence so that they can fend for themselves amidst the patriarchal society.