"Dance for yours rights," is this year's 16 Days of Activism theme for the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) and it is not just theory, as the organisation has engaged dancing groups to vigorously dance as the message is disseminated to the public; and it works.
The dance-based activism started in Blantyre a week ago and every district that is en-route to Mzuzu has experienced the dancing advocates. In Mzuzu, GEN engaged dancers from around the city and there was a dance clash at Katoto Freedom Park where secondary school students vigorously joined the jive while wielding placards bearing messages against gender violence.
"As you know we are in the 16 Days of Activism and our message is to bring in more action and not just words," said GEN's Project Officer, Yamikani Banda, "after we dance we stop to sensitise the masses against gender based violence."
The network has since slated a girl's conference for the 8th of December in Mzuzu and another in Blantyre on the 10th, to mark the end of the 16 days of activism.