Female singers fight child marriages

HARARE - Six female Zimdancehall musicians have come together in a campaign against child marriages and have already released two singles, Vane Ngoma and Munhukadzi Wakakosha, to fight against the social ill.

Calling themselves The Mic of Hope, the group comprises Lipsy, Juwela, Lady Bee, Nina Grande, Sister Moby and Empress Shelly.

Lipsy told the Daily News that as female musicians, they felt it was their duty to help fight child marriages.

“We united as dancehall artistes to fight against child marriages but it is not exclusive to us, others are welcome. Since this is a self-funded project other artistes were not willing to join in, but I am sure if we can get funding for the campaign more artistes will come on board.

“The group was created last year and Vane Ngoma is our second song. We have not officially launched the programme yet as we have been tied up with other commitments,” she said.

Early this year, they visited and donated books and a few foodstuffs at Danai Children’s Home in Mabelreign.

“It was not much, but we felt good and the children were happy. We have been trying to get funding but it is still a problem. There have not been any responses to the proposals we sent to companies for the initiative.

“Lack of funding, however, will not deter us, we are determined. So far, we have been using our own resources so we can still continue to try and make an impact. The money is not for us, but to help empower the girl child through education which will essentially help her in avoiding early child marriages.

“Some are forced into these marriages because of poverty and they feel that they have been left with no choice but to get married if they want a better life,” said Lipsy.

There have been several campaigns against child marriages in the country with several organisations fighting the practice.

Miss Carnival 2014, Gamuchirai Kujeke and the organisation Roots together with two orphans collaborated in her campaign, Say No to Early Child Marriages.

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