Lucinda Law ’20 Creates Moving Documentary for Beyond Fistula
Hun School junior Lucinda Law traveled to Africa this summer to learn about, document, and support women living with fistula. In pursuit of a Girl Scout Gold Award, she has created a moving film about this serious women’s health problem in the developing world.
Lucinda visited Eldoret, Kenya, last summer, where she volunteered with a non-profit called Beyond Fistula and documented survivors’ stories in a short film. (Click here to watch Beyond Fistula: Survivors' Stories.) In pursuit of a Girl Scout Gold Award (the equivalent of an Eagle Scout designation), Lucinda’s goal is to garner as many views as possible by January 1st.
Obstetric fistula is a medical condition that can occur when women and girls suffer internal injuries during sexual violence or childbirth. It is common in developing countries where girls are married and become pregnant at a young age and lack access to healthcare. Fistula can create medical problems that lead to social isolation, homelessness, and desperation. There are more than 2 million women living with the condition in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
During her visit, Lucinda visited a hospital that performs surgeries to repair the condition, and the non-profit, Beyond Fistula, that addresses patients’ needs after the surgery. This support can include education, job training, and housing, all designed to allow women to live independently and rebuild their lives.
Lucinda has been a Girl Scout since she was 5 years old. She was attracted to the cause as a way to empower women. Her mother, an obstetrician-gynecologist, introduced her to the organization.
“I was hoping to empower and give a voice to women who have been marginalized,” said Lucinda. “I had a tremendous experience in Kenya, in a strongly male dominated society, where a father would trade his daughter in marriage for a cow, because the cow was worth more.
“I’ve learned how different cultures are, but also how similar we can be,” she said. “These women are human, too, and they have hopes and dreams and ambitions. That’s what I wanted to demonstrate with my film.”
Lucinda plans to study filmmaking, government, or gender studies in college.
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