MULTI-TASKING artiste and entrepreneur Alice Tagwira’s heart bleeds for less privileged women.
The Masvingo bred influencer and academic has vowed to assist women yearning for equal and better opportunities in life with their male counterparts.
She has been using her talent to give the voiceless women and the girl-child a chance to be heard.
Musically, she has been using her wondrous voice to compose songs that are known for touching people’s hearts as well as giving them hope through her talks how, Reality Chat with Tagwira.
Her latest Gender Based Violence song Mweya has been endorsed by many as a triumph.
To reach out to old and new fans, the Masvingo bred artiste-cum-talk show hostess has been linking up with followers on.
The Covid-19 induced lockdown has not deterred her from fulfilling her wishes as an influencer.
To find much about the intelligent and yet unassuming Alice Tagwira, read on…
- BRIEF PROFILE
I was born and raised in Masvingo before I relocated to Harare where I established myself as an artiste, women’s rights activist and entrepreneur.
Being a multitasking women, I do a lot of things aimed at giving a life to less privileged women, orphans and bleeding souls.
Currently, I am the founder and director of Zheera Trust which focuses on women empowerment.
I’m also the brains behind Reality Chat Show with Alice Tagwira, an Online show which unravels women related issues and She Glows Magazine owner, which celebrates women.
As a young woman with both the brains and vision, I am determined to become a game-changer in life.
My aim is to push the Gender Based Violence narrative, which emanates from how I was raised to my marriage experiences.
As a child, I didn’t have a voice, I didn’t have an idea of who to go to or report to.
It’s only now that I’m grown up and I have the passion to eradicate that which other organisations see as an opportunity to make money.
In short, my passion is inspired by my real life experiences and nothing else.
I did not study GBV, I lived it and my experiences taught me better.
- GBV CAMPAIGN
There are so many ways of pushing for this narrative which I will not write all together.
Personally, I have committed to using my social media platforms to raise awareness and also music to amplify the voice.
The first line of prevention is education.
Educating people about what GBV is, how it happens and, how to prevent it are the first steps to ending GBV.
I also use my voice on social media to bring awareness to GBV. I mainly share my personal experiences so people can easily relate.
Using social media can help you connect to others outside your normal social circles.
In short, I urge you (women) to use your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms to call for an end to GBV.
I know women who have experienced violence, women who have confided in me and have told me their stories.
Each time I am horrified, shocked and angry that someone would just hurt people.
I listen, offer help, support and positive reinforcement. And every time I want to do more.
This is why I am doing my part to help raise awareness about violence against women, raise funds for violence prevention, and break down the stigma around talking about this issue.
I hope that others who are reading this will do the same.
We need to not only hear but really listen to the voices of survivors.
It isn’t up to them alone to end violence.
Supporters and allies have a key role to play in raising awareness, challenging a culture that minimizes violence, and acting to prevent violence before it starts.
- MUSIC CALLING
Musically, I am doing my best to ensure that I use this art form to achieve some of our objectives.
Music provides me a chance to reflect on personal events that happen in life and an opportunity to relate to another human being.
Who hasn’t said at one point “hey, that line says exactly how I feel right now…”
I’m glad all radio stations were able to accept the song my song Mweya.
My wish is for the song never to die down because of the lyrics which are meant to serve as the gospel of GBV.
The song Mweya is a Qaya Roots Holdings production which I recorded with the help of the stable’s founder, Willis Wataffi.
- WATAFFI IMPACT
Wataffi approached me with an interest to participate in pushing the narrative against GBV.
The gesture to me was heart-warming as we needed men’s involvement to speak against this pandemic.
I have always been a music person who was waiting for the right time to sing the right song.
However, I prefer to identify my as an occasional singer who will only sing for a cause.
So far I have used social media, music and a magazine to raise awareness on women’s violence and to create an empowered African woman.
We have done several events comprising emotional healing classes, picnics, law training sessions on inheritance, financial intelligence, parenting, confidence, conflict resolution etc.
The goal is to renew a mind-set. Knowledge is a deliverer.
On a parting shot, I would like to thank various stakeholders who are helping me in this noble cause to utilise my talent to change people’s lives.
I also want to thank all my followers on various social media platforms, the media and various partners and stakeholders I work with in this campaign.
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