This piece was part of a series of murals created in 9 countries across Africa. The #WallsCANBloom campaign was launched by the Government of Canada in 2016, whereby the government committed $80 million to ending early and forced marriage in Africa.
The murals were created on or around 16th June 2016, which is the International Day of the African Child. Local artists, activists, NGOs, schools and communities were involved in the design and execution of the murals. The pieces were displayed on the buildings of Canadian embassies and High Commissions and unveilings of the murals were accompanied by speeches and events. The campaign had a strong presence on Twitter with #WallsCANBloom.
This mural was completed by several local artists alongside the community on the Canadian Embassy in Zimbabwe. It highlights the important role that education plays in stopping forced and early marriage. It contains phrases including 'I was married at 15 and had to drop out of school...what if...?', 'How can we support every girl to achieve her aspirations', 'I go to school with friends to learn and acquire skills' and 'I can be whatever I dream to be'.