The ZAZI Women and Girls Campaign, will embark on a five - week national campus tour in August 2013 to commemorate Women's Month. The roadshow will travel to five provinces, engaging young women and men in an interactive manner on the issues of gender based violence, preventing unplanned pregnancies, HIV and sugar daddies.
The tour will commence on the 2nd of August at the Vaal University of Technology and move to the University of North West on 16th August, Cape Peninsula University of Technology on 19th August, University of Venda on 23rd August and the last stop will be the University of Fort Hare on 30th August.
Each leg of the tour will feature performances by poet Nova, the latest signing at record label Motif, and local artists from each area. Also entertaining the crowds at all the activations will be SA's hottest female DJ and ZAZI supporter, DJ Zinhle.
The week long programme at each campus will also include arts and culture activities such as ZAZI poetry slam competitions, on campus mural painting, drama's, photography and focused workshops to explore the issues. Members of the public and tertiary students will also get a chance to have an HIV test done on site.
"This campaign is very close to my heart because it deals with issues that young women face daily. I'm looking forward to the campus tour and meeting and getting inspired by some amazing young people", said Nova.
The ZAZI campaign is a joint partnership between the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Women's Sector, USAID/JHU HIV Communication programme and PEPFAR and is supported by the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development.
"We wanted to go to campuses because this is where we will find women who fall into the age group of 16 to 24 which is the most at risk population for HIV infection in South Africa", says Bronwyn Pearce, program manager for ZAZI.
The campaign seeks to encourage women and girls to draw on their inner strength, power, and self-confidence to know themselves and what they stand for in order to guide their decisions about their future.
The campaign aims to reduce the vulnerability of young women to HIV infection, teenage and unplanned pregnancy and Gender Based Violence. It is supported by a mass media campaign and uses the ZAZI song for maximum impact. The song is written and performed by South African songbird, Zonke and young and upcoming poet, Nova supported by the University of Pretoria Youth Choir. The video was directed by well-known South African director, Teboho Mahlatsi.
"ZAZI would like to thank all our partners, who made this campaign possible and made it the success it is today. Our creative partner, Joe Public, media partner, Mediology and Zanenza Communications our media advocacy partners for all the effort put into this campaign" concluded Pearce.