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Zimbabwe is a country that is struggling politically, economically and socially. Promoting freedom of expression through music and other forms of education are at the core of social change. Allowing citizens the right to express themselves freely creates a democratic society. Setting up institutions that educate on the advantages of freedom of expression will create lasting social change. Of particular concern is the suffering of women and girls who are failing to achieve their goals due to lack of freedom of expression and developmental opportunities. Culturally Zimbabwean women are expected to remain silent and not be part of the decision making crew in many environments. This makes them remain under men’s shoes and yet if girls and women are allowed to express themselves such social change will build stronger family values, stronger communities which will end up being governed by a society of strong willed citizens. Zimbabwean women continue to oppress their artistic talents too at such a crucial era when every voice and progressive talent is desperately needed. Political violence against women in Zimbabwe has been reported now and again. After the elections on 29 March 2008 women and children suffered most in the violence that followed. Most women were harassed because their husbands, sons or male relatives were suspected to be supporters of the opposition. They were assaulted, tortured, and raped, but still they show lack of enthusiasm in participating in protest art and in voicing their concerns. The woman’s artistic voice continues to remain silent and yet their voices can be used as catalysts for change. Knowledge can be liberating, so the educational implications on feminist socio-political activism should not be underestimated. Drawing on my experience in education, freedom of expression principles and protest music, a radical feminist challenge to the current situation in Zimbabwe should be mounted, thus a programme of education which is geared to articulating urgent problems facing the people of Zimbabwe is justified. The Zimbabwean society doesn’t tolerate different views and this inhibits negatively on development. Allowing freedom of expression to prevail means allowing tolerance to prevail, thereby allowing different ideas to flow thus building a democratic society of civilized citizens.

" Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.This includes frredom to hold opinions without interference and to see,receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontier." -Article 19.

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  • 1.The moment you are able to say what you want to hear is the moment you understand that Freedom of Expression is a human right – Viomak
  • 2,If you are not able to defend your right to be heard then you won’t be able to defend anyone’s right to be heard - Viomak .
  • 3.Freedom of Expression gives us the liberty to say what we want to say and not to say what others want us to say – Viomak

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