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Musician Emeli Sande joins the battle against inequality in Zambia

April 22nd, 2014 by Posted in Countries, English, Zambia
 Rural Women and Oxfam in solidarity

Emeli with local musicians

Award winning Scottish musician and song writer, Emeli Sande visited Oxfam programmes in Zambia to raise awareness on the impact of inequality on violence against women and girls, challenges of small holder farmers, women in particular as well as the need for access to quality healthcare.

Emeli spent an afternoon with men who have taken an active role in stopping violence against women and girls through Oxfam’s “I Care About Her” campaign in Rufunsa, Lusaka District. She was also part of an inspiring workshop held for Zambian male musicians to explore ways of using music as a tool to stop gender based violence instead of perpetuating it. Emeli said, “Being in Zambia is reality – the challenges people experience are real. I will take time to think about how I can be part of the solution – perhaps use my platform to hold a concert and raise funds.”

 Emeli talks with Alex - One of the I Care About Her campaign Champions of Nkoloma Village in Rufunsa - Lusaka District

Emeli talks with Alex - One of the I Care About Her campaign Champions of Nkoloma Village in Rufunsa - Lusaka District

Emeli also met with Oxfam supported farmers in South Downs area, Kitwe. A former medical student, Emeli was keen to visit Kakolo Rural Health Centre and was impressed with the way the health workers and trained community members are committed to educating people on health issues. “As a former medical student, I am amazed and inspired by the passion and commitment the health workers have whilst serving with very limited resources,” she said.

 Emeli with Oxfam Staff during the I Care About Her Musicians Workshop

Emeli with Oxfam Staff during the I Care About Her Musicians Workshop

Of the visit, Oxfam Country Director Nellie Nyang’wa said, “We privileged to host Emeli because she is very influential, has a personal connection to Zambia through her father, Joel Sande, and most importantly an association with a fairer, better world following her Olympics ceremony role and as exemplified in the lyrics of the blockbuster song Read All About It”.

This powerful song is an excellent description of Oxfam’s engagement in strengthening the confidence and capability of poor communities to tackle injustice. Emeli was accompanied by her parents, Joel and Diane and her sister Lucy.

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