Malawi to perform monologues and  ‘the Hyenas must be arrested’ skit in Uganda

An all-female cast led by feminist writer Zilanie Gondwe is in Kampala, Uganda to perform the ‘African Woman Monologues’ at the Segal Family Foundation Annual Conference.

Zilanie Gondwe
Zilanie Gondwe

African Women’s Monologue christened “AWM” is a feminist creative construction that informs, celebrates and entertains.

The Malawian cast will be joined by actresses from other regions of Africa who are gender and youth advocates in South Africa, Nigeria, Rwanda, Liberia and Uganda.

“It is an unprecedented privilege to be invited to share our stories with people from around Africa and the world. Our play aims to inspire, inform and entertain people. We get to share our passion with kindred spirits from around Africa and the world to an incredible audience of over 300 civil society organizations and advocates” said Zilanie.

The cast of women creativities will also perform a new skit written by Zilanie entitled “The Hyenas must be arrested” which is a reflection on harmful cultural practices and President Mutharika’s order following recent events.

According to a statement released earlier this week, AWM focuses on the importance of dignity and feminine hygiene for school girls.

“A large number of Malawian school girls are unable to attend school during menstrual days because of lack of adequate sanitary supplies. The program and the play raises funds to produce reusable pads for school girls and mentors them to stay in school.

“African Women Monologues is a collection of impassioned poems and essays dramatized for the stage and reflecting various themes of women including marriage, puberty, dignity, Gender biased violence, HIV/AIDs, patriarchy, identity, creativity, individuality, women in leadership and faith,” reads the statement in part.

After the unparalleled success of the Eve Ensler local production of Vagina Monologues in 2015, Zilanie and the Cast were moved to continue acting and writing more African women specific poetry and dialogue.

The inspiration of the play comes from the realities of both every day and extraordinarily courageous African women.

Other monologues include “Lip Service” “Homage to the Warrior” and “the Happiness Dress”.

The cast members also include Sharmila Elias, Chisomo Nthinda, Sarah Lindeire, and Patience Musiwa.

The Segal Family Foundation is a philanthropic organization which supports initiatives and civil society organizations in Africa for education, health, empowerment and development.

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