Classique Q&A Magazine THE GLOW ISSUE - Page 8

Cro s s i n g T H E P OW E R BRIDGE The Ziwa Team: #ThePowerBr idge was an intimate empower ment and net wor k ing event which saw 100 guests come together to get up close and personal with some of the past ZIWA winners and nominees S i nce i t s i n ce p ti o n i n 2013, th e Z i m b abwe I nter nat ional Wom en’s Award s (ZIWA) h a s soug ht to b e mo re th a n a n awa rds show. ZIWA has always wanted to go a step fu r t h e r and lay a long-lasting foundation to grow a philosophy that ever y Zimbabwean woman could identify with - one of excellence, tenacit y, boldness, innovation, generosit y and f a c i l i t at i o n o f t h e p ro gre s s o f o u r co m m u n i t i e s w h e re ve r we a re a ro u n d t h e wo r l d. ZIWA hosted their annual event as #ThePowerBr idge on S aturday the 28th of O c tober, 2 0 1 7 at Win s t an l ey Ho u se i n Lei cester. I Am ThePowerBridge. The event was hosted by Tafadz wa Mushipe, a vibrant and dynamic T V p ro du cer and pres enter at Made in Birmingham T V whose broadcasting career actually star ted in Zimbabwe. Opening the event was 10-year-old Alicia Jonathan who recited a self-penned poem on what #ThePowerBridge meant to h e r - ‘ I A m T h e Po w e r B r i d g e .’ Dalia Majongwe then sang some songs written for the day wh il s t pl ay ing the m bira, b e fo re aw a rd - w i n n i n g Pu b l i c Health Specialist/African Af f a i r s A n a l ys t D o rc a s G w a t a g ave a k ey no te s peec h . We must applaud and apprec iate o u r co ntr ib ut i o n s. Dorcas, who is also the b l o g g e r b e h i n d Tr i b a l S a n d s, challenged the audience to applaud and appreciate the good that has come out of the African continent and Z i m b a bwe i n p a r t i c u l a r. S h e gave the example of the mental health project ‘ The Fr i e n d s h i p B e n c h’ w h i c h w a s c reated in Zim babwe a n d i s a method of supporting those w i t h m e nt a l h e a l t h p ro b l e m s and one that the UK and other western countries could utilise. Many themes were d raw n o ut i n t h e s ub s e q ue nt QnA moderated by the host. Th e s e i n c l u d e d h ow t h o s e i n the diaspora can contribute to Z i m b a b w e w i t h o u t fo s t e r i n g co - dependenc y. S ocial issues such as parenting and mar ital challenges in the diaspora we re a l s o a d d re s s e d. Be bold and pursue your dreams. After a 3-course lunch, the programme then featured discussions between the guests and 4 panels comprising of previous ZIWA winners and nominees as well as rising s t a r s i n o u r co m m u n i t y. Th e f i r s t p a n e l wa s ‘ Yo un g, G i f te d & Z i m b a b w e a n ,’ f o l l o w e d b y ‘Healthcare for Modern Times, ‘ Wo m e n Pu s h i n g B o u n d a r i e s’ and ‘Passion.Creativit y.Work ’ . of all those who are driven a n d m o t i vate d l i k e we a re to highlight the achievements of Zimbabwean women and the way in which these achievements work for our collective good - men and women, boys and gir ls. As our host Tafadz wa Mushipe stated - ‘ Yo u a re ZI WA ! ’ Yo u a re Z I WA . Th e Z I WA Te a m a re gra te f u l to a l l t h o s e w h o w w w.z iwa awa rd s.com a t t e n d e d a n d e n g a g e d s o From Lef t: Kudzai - ar tist, past ZIWA f u l l y i n t h e e v e n t t h i s y e a r. Winner , N icola - inter ior designer, ‘ We k n o w t h a t Z I WA w o u l d ZIWA Panel M ember, Clar issa- PO at n o t ex i s t w i t h o ut t h e s up p o r t Zim Law yers for Human R ights