50 artistes against gender-based violence

HARARE - Over 50 female artistes will participate in an exciting programme for “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence” starting with the beautiful voices of visiting acappela women’s ensemble Nobuntu from Bulawayo on Tuesday.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence is a long-running international campaign that starts on November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on December 10, Human Rights Day — symbolically designated to emphasise that gender-based violence is a human rights violation.

The campaign hopes to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level.

“From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!” is the campaign theme which highlights the intersections of gender-based violence and militarism, as well as the related issues of economic and social rights experienced by women and their communities.

Harare’s arts development organisation Pamberi Trust will roll out an exciting programme from November 25 up to the “16 Days Human Rights Concert” featuring Prudence Katomeni and Hope Masike December 10.

The full programme features female artistes engaged for the particular 16 days, as well as those who are expected to perform at Book Café during the 16 days, joining thousands of activists from around the world in a call for an end to gender-based violence.

Participating female artistes include jazz singer Katomeni, mbira player Masike, rising singer and guitarist Caroleen “Masa” Masawi, poet Mercy “Extreme Sanity”Dhliwayo, The Zimbabwe College of Music women’s band, spoken-word artists Momo the Empress, Black Pearl, and Black Anakin in the Mashoko concert, and Nobuntu from Bulawayo, on the eve of their first overseas tour.

Also with shows falling within the 16 days are Diana Samkange, Selmor Mtukudzi and Macy & The Red.

The programme includes three film screenings, and follows on from the previous week, which saw the involvement of the Women’s Arts Festival with a Gender Forum discussion “How to achieve lasting peace for women”, the play Mothers by Women In Theatre, and Pamberi Trust’s Sistaz Open Mic for 16 Days.

Since 2007 women artists at Book Café have been playing their role in building local awareness by writing and speaking on the occurrence and stigma of gender-based violence and using their art and skills to heighten the sense of urgency around the issue in our communities, and to call out to their audiences for peace.

There is no country and no society unaffected by gender-based violence and it continues to be the responsibility of all people to bring an end to this human rights violation. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, the 16 Days Campaign is a powerful platform to raise the call for an end to gender-based violence and to advocate for the full realisation of human rights and achievement of gender equality.

Comments (1)

I feel this doesnt support males who are subjected to abuse as well. Its all women and some women take advantage of that and abuse men because it feels undermined and if we report the police will laugh it off. We need this to be labelled 50 artists against men who abuse women because when you say gender it seems like you are supporting the male victims as well

DUDY - 27 November 2014

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