By Tatenda Mujeyi
HARARE – All is set for the 2021 3rd edition of the Anti corruption and Zimbabwe Human Rights Festival day commemorations set for tomorrow and Friday in Highfields under partnership with NewZimbabwe, HIVOs, Zimbabwe International Film Festival and ZIMCODD among other stakeholders.
EDZAI ISU Trust, with support from HIVOS, will this year run the 3rd edition of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Festival on the 9th of December (International Anti-Corruption Day) and the 10th of December (International Human Rights Day). The 3rd ZHRF is implemented in partnership with Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF), NewZimbabwe and Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt & Development in partnership with Actionaid.
“The 3rd ZHRF is a 2 day hybrid festival of theatre, poetry, film and music aimed at promoting respect for human rights with activities scheduled at ACTION Hub in the heart of Gazaland and Theatre pa Bridge in the heart of Machipisa in Highfield. One of the major highlights of the festival is the performance of an award winning timeless anticorruption play, “All Systems Out Of Order” at ACTION Hub on Friday the 10th of December 2021 which coincides with International Human Rights Day, a day after the International Anti-Corruption Day. Written, directed and produced by award winning human rights artist Tafadzwa Muzondo. “All Systems Out Of Order” was written in 2004 but remains relevant in Zimbabwe today with everything going on.”Tafadzwa Muzondo aka NyanduriNyandoro – Creative Director of the festival said.
The festival will feature a talent show that is set to avail opportunity for the young people to showcase their talent in poetry, music, and acting as well as screening of local and international human rights films.
Tafadzwa Muzondo aka Nyanduri Nyandoro – Creative Director of the festival said that, “During ZHRF, ACTION Hub will host the Kodzero Talent Show featuring the best of young poets, singers and actors who have been participating in the Kodzero Talent Shows over the past 6 months at ACTION Hub supported by seasoned guest artists.
This year’s ZHRF edition will also see the screening of local and international human rights films on both days to young people and women at ACTION Hub in Highfield in a partnership with Zimbabwe International Film Festival which runs from the 8th to the 11th of December 2021. “
The festival which is now in it’s third year following the festival’s successful launch in 2019 and the 2020 virtual showcase, the 2021 edition will feature an exhibition and continue to use art to promote human rights.
“ Apart from the human rights arts performances, the festival will also feature post-performance discussions and exhibitions by relevant civic society organizations over the 2 days. The inaugural Zimbabwe Human Rights Festival (ZHRF) in December 2019 successfully used arts to rally together a cumulative total of approximately 17 357 citizens, 13 CSOs, 4 CBOs and 2 government agencies to spark a conversation on and promote human rights in Zimbabwe.. Last year, the second edition was successfully conducted virtually partnering with reputable human rights art groups from across Zimbabwe who shared their work for streaming during the festival.” Tafadzwa Muzondo aka NyanduriNyandoro – Creative Director of the festival also said.
The commemoration of the International Human Rights Day resonates with the Sustainable Development Goals and seeks establishment of equality, with the commemorations having commenced following the establishment of the Universal Declaration of Independence in 1948.
Commemorating International Human Rights Day under this year’s theme “EQUALITY – Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights”, Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
The UDHR is a milestone document, which proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. This year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to ‘Equality’ and Article 1 of the UDHR – “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. The principles of equality and non-discrimination are at the heart of human rights. Equality is aligned with the 2030 Agenda and with the UN approach set out in the document Shared Framework on Leaving No One Behind: Equality and Non-Discrimination at the Heart of Sustainable Development. “ Tafadzwa Muzondo aka NyanduriNyandoro – Creative Director of the festival said.
On the other hand the anti corruption commemorations will be held under the theme “Your right, your role: Say no to Corruption”, with the festival setting sight on contributing to end corruption.
“Commemorating International Anti-Corruption Day under this year’s theme: “Your right, your role: Say no to Corruption”,
Anti-Corruption Day is observed 9 December because corruption affects all areas of society. Preventing corruption unlocks progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, helps protect our planet, creates jobs, achieves gender equality, and secures wider access to essential services such as healthcare and education.” Tafadzwa Muzondo aka NyanduriNyandoro – Creative Director of the festival emphasised.
The ZHRF is organized by EDZAIISU Trust a community-rooted creative arts organization that has more than 15 years of experience in the creative sector with partnership with, HIVOS, ZIMCODD, ZIFF, Action Aid, NewZimbabwe among other stakeholders.