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Of women and political violence

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A play that mirrors women’s tribulations due to political violence will be staged at Theatre in the Park in Harare next month. Titled Before the Next Election the play premiered at Amakhosi Theatre in Bulawayo last month and had a successful run.

Writer of the play Bhekumusa Moyo said taking the play to Harare was meant to spread a message against political violence, especially during election periods, to a wider audience.

“We are still working on the dates for the show, but it will be held early next month. We want to send our message in the play to as many people as possible,” said Moyo.

The play is centred on a young woman who takes audiences through her memory of past elections in the country and violence that characterised the period.

“Whenever elections are held and there is violence, women suffer the most because they get abused and, in some cases, raped. The play looks at the need to have perpetrators of such crimes brought to book,” said Moyo.

He said despite being made to sloganeer and sing at rallies for hours, women do not reap much from their efforts after an election.

“The play seeks to establish what happens after the election when women get a raw deal in terms of political and economic representation.”

Moyo said it was high time that women “demanded a share from politicians for their hard work before every election”.

The play features Nothando Nsimba as the main actress with two other young women in supporting roles.

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