Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
Actress and Gender Based Violence activist, Tinopona “Tin Tin” Katsande, will next month intensify her efforts to eliminate abuse against the vulnerable through a one-day exhibition in the capital.
Slated for Jason Mphepo Little Theatre on December 4, Tin Tin’s campaign coincides with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence.
And this has raised the appeal of the forth-coming event with more volunteers coming on board.
Codenamed Speak Out Handinyarare, the event will also be held under the banner #Zim Celebs Against Violence.
As part of the campaign, 20 celebrities among other radio and musicians personalities will be also take part in the event.
A fashion show, modelling contest and musical performances will characterise the event.
In an interview, the outspoken radio personality said preparations are well on course.
“The event will be held on the 4th of December at Jasen Mphepo Little Theatre in Harare.
“More than 20 celebrities under the banner #Zim Cebs Against will take part in the event and some of them are MisRed, Patience Musa, Erica Ndoro, Ayati and Itai Mutinhiri only but to mention a few.
“We have performances from Trevor Dongo, Tendai Dembo, Dalma, Nutty O, Charity Dlodlo, Comic Pastor among others,” she said.
Tin Tin said there will also a fashion show where handbags will be auctioned, thanks to fashionista Vongai Marime.
“Vongai will be selling her handbags which has a special label EdLan which was named after her children.
“Proceeds from the show will be channelled towards the purchase of beds for the safe house built in Mutoko, my home area.
“We wish to build more safe houses in other towns to ensure that victims of Gender Based Violence get sanctuary or somewhere to stay,” she said.
According to the actress, Speak Out – Handinyarare is a brain child of Tin Tin who after experiencing violence decided to empower fellow women in her predicament in 2013.
“…after personally experiencing domestic violence and cyber bullying, Speak Out – Handinyarare is a nonprofit organisation focused on eliminating domestic violent through awareness campaigns carried through creative skills in creative spaces.
“Handinyare in Shona means I am not ashamed. Speak Out – Handinyare was Tintin’s refusal to be a victim but to take action as a survivor.
“Funds generated from these creative activities are for the construction of safe houses in Zimbabwe which serve as an active resource center for survivors of domestic violence,” reads part of the brochure.
As part of her efforts to mark the 16 day of Gender Based Violence which are celebrated from November 25 to December 4, she decided to come up with her own exhibition.
As mentioned earlier, 20 of country’s most influential public personalities will showcase their wares under Zimbabwean label Edlan.
It’s a handmade authentic fun handbags and accessories which will be auctioned and proceeds going to buy furniture for a safe house in Mutoko. Volunteer proactive Zim models will also showcase the open range outside the auction, added Tin Tin.