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    Friday, 4 December 2015

    Yocaf to hold three-day workshop for young women

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    Masvingo - The Youth Cultural Arts Festival will roll out the Artists Hot Pot, a popular platform specifically designed to empower young artists to tackle issues to do with gender based violence, early marriages and abuse of the girl child.
    The event is running at the Charles Austin Theatre from Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 December 2015. The program is supported by the Culture Fund, Sweden and Danida.
    The program will bring together a total of 30 young women who will be trained in various areas by experts. The programme is strictly for women between 16 and 30 years.
    The programme is open and interested girls should register now.
    The workshop will cover a lot of issues affecting the girl child, challenges that the young women face in breaking through into the arts and media industry and skills exchange.  Matthew Takaona, a veteran journalist and commissioner with the Zimbabwe Media Commissioner is one of the experts coming to discuss media related issues.
    This is not the first time that such a program has been run. It was run before by Xpressive Arts and it received a lot of interest from artists. The Hot Pot is a platform where sensitive issues that affect the individual that is the artist can be expressed freely, facilitating the growth of the person through capacity building, behavioural change, and lobbying and advocacy.
    The platform will be running under the banner, 'Young women in arts and media.'
    "We have decided to call it Expressive Hot pot and we are targeting young girls and women aged between 16 – 30 years. Hot Pot is specifically designed for Young Women in Arts and Media and it lobbies for a safe environment as well as safeguarding the rights of young women in the arts and media industry ultimately giving them their own voice to realize their full potential," said Precious Mudzingwa, the Coordinator for Yocaf.
    The girl child has been marginalized particularly in Masvingo which is known as a conservative society with cultural practises that discriminate against women. The Pot advocates for equal rights for both women and men, combating discriminatory practices and norms that perpetuate such and entrench stereotypes.
    The Youth Cultural Arts Festival is an initiative aimed at enhancing the development of Zimbabwean communities through objective use of the Arts and Culture by nurturing professionalism in the youth for better economic growth and social healing.
    It has been running a series of activities throughout the year which are specific for young people and their development.
    The trained women will get an opportunity to showcase their stories through public performances and the media through space provided courtesy The Mirror.entertainment
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