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Stakeholders welcome Miss Rural return

Emily Jesiah

Stakeholders have warmly welcomed the announcement of Miss Rural Zimbabwe's return.

The pageant had been defunct for several years due to economic challenges, the Covid-19 pandemic and other factors.

However, Mental Voices Trust, the organisation behind the pageant, announced its revival this week.

Arts deputy minister Emily Jesiah expressed her delight over the return of the pageant.

“I am thrilled as the deputy minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts, and Culture to acknowledge the return of the Miss Rural Zimbabwe pageant organised by the Mental Voices Trust, founded by Sipho Mazibuko," she said.

"This unique pageant holds significant cultural and social importance.

“It not only celebrates the beauty and talents of rural girls, but also provides them with a platform to showcase their skills and aspirations.

“The revival of Miss Rural Zimbabwe is particularly noteworthy in the context of our commitment to inclusion.

“This initiative empowers rural girls by promoting self-confidence, leadership, and personal development, ultimately contributing to their social inclusion and economic empowerment.”

The organisation's mission is to uplift rural youth and combat marginalisation.

"Mental Voices Trust is committed to making a lasting impact on the lives of rural young women and men in Zimbabwe," a press statement from the organization reads.

“Through Miss Rural Zimbabwe and other initiatives, the organization aims to empower these individuals, provide them with access to education and resources, and inspire them to become leaders in their communities."

Chiefs Council president  Chief Mtshane Khumalo indicated his support for the pageant's return.

"They are most welcome in our communities as well," he said. "I had already received communication that they intend to work with us.

"Once all protocols have been observed, we will support them."

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