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edith_katijiHARARE - Pamberi Trusts gender project FLAME kicks off its 16 Days Concert on Saturday at the Book Caf. Running for the third year under the international 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women campaign, this years event will feaure some of Zimbabwes best known women artists, with a strong message against violence against women.

Saturdays concert will provide five hours of great music and poetry by some 18 women artists, joining the world in the international campaign. The lineup includes Aura Kawanzaruwa, Auxillia Mazhambe, Batsirai Chigama, Black Heat, Dudu Manhenga & Color Blu, Edith Katiji & So What?, ERS, Flow Chyld, Hope Masike & Kakuwe, Juvination, Kessia & Stanley Magosha, Rina Mushonga & The Zimfellas, Sista Fire, Thanda & Da Imani Troddaz, uZanele and Roxanne Xapa Mathazia.

The music continues at The Mannenberg from 10pm Saturday, where the message will be carried through by the gifted young jazz singer Faith Mandipira, backed in a new jazz collaboration by Pablo Nakapa and other jazz friends.

In the last few years female artists here have taken a stronger stand in the production and delivery of their music, poetry and dance.

The 16 Days Concert is a platform for a message that cannot be put across too strongly. Its time for women artists to speak out against violence, in the way they know best, and mark a time in our history when change begins, say the organizers.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Womens Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Womens Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women, and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women with human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a human rights violation.

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