Queen of Katwe: Take-One.TV video discussion starter

Queen of Katwe is the vibrant true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda. When she meets Robert Katende she finds the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream.

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Discussion questions:

  • Why does empowering women make such a difference to the world?
  • What will it take to enable everyone to fulfil their potential?

A few key facts:

  • Women perform 66% of the world’s work but earn only 10% of the income.
  • Women make up 64% of the world’s illiterate.
  • Less than 20% of the world’s parliamentarians are female.
  • Evidence shows that when women benefit they tend to prioritise household needs such as food security and children’s access to education/health, above their own personal needs.
  • Research has shown that increases in women’s income correlates with improved outcomes for their families (e.g. leading to greater expenditure on family welfare, nutrition and girls’ education) than similar increases in men’s income.

See also: Viewer’s Guide for this film