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Italy: Women's Day concert a sell-out in Rome

Rome, 5 March (AKI) - A concert being held in the Italian capital, Rome, on Saturday ahead of International Women's Day has sold out, according to its organisers. Italy's Moroccan Women's Association sold over 1,000 tickets for the 'Thousand and One Women' concert in just two days, said association president and conservative Italian MP, Souad Sbai.

Togolese singer Vicky Bila will perform at Saturday's concert, accompanied by Moroccan violinist Jamal Ouassin and pianist Kobla Bedel. Bila will sing a tribute to late South African pop legend and anti-apartheid civil rights activist Miriam Makeba.

Makeba died in Italy last November at the end of a concert held in support of Italian author and investigative journalist Roberto Saviano, whose best-seller 'Gomorrah' exposed the activities of Naples' ruthless local mafia, the Camorra crime syndicate. He now lives under armed guard.

The 'Thousand and One Women' concert is being sponsored by Italy's equal opportunities ministry and the Rome city council, and will be opened by equal opportunities minister Mara Carfagna, Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno and Italian poetess Linda Bongiovanni.

“The concert aims to mark an important step forward in the debate on racism and women's rights, which also in Italy are all too often trodden under foot," said Sbai.

International Women's Day will be recognised with hundreds of events around the world. This year's events aim to unite women and men to end violence against women and girls.




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