BARELY a year after being announced as the Voice To Represent (Voice2Rep) Zimbabwe inaugural winner last year, gospel signer, Sarah Yvette Bonne is already working on establishing an art-based foundation for women. Bonne, who is behind the song Hear Me Now, has set her sights on establishing the Artistic Women’s Foundation (AWF) as a means of empowering women to realise their dreams in the arts industry. She wants to give women aged 16 years and above a chance to make something of their talents.

Be it musicians, poetesses, choreographers or actresses, all will be catered for in her soon-to-be-established non-profit organisation. Chief among the reasons why the artiste is establishing AWF is the need to promote sisterhood and women emancipation through mentorship.

“AWF will focus primarily on mentoring female artistes in the aspect of registration with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and the protection of their copyright. Also, the foundation seeks to make sure that artists use their art for social change in awareness and campaigns, but most importantly, that they get funding to further their works,” Bonne explained.

Originally published in The Chronicle