Free and Fair Elections?

  • Posted on: 21 March 2013
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Since 2010, RAU has been pointing out that the most important matter to be resolved ahead of any future elections is the reform of national institutions. This position has been repeatedly supported by SAPES and the Zimbabwe Liberators Platform. SADC, both through the Troika and the Summit, has also insisted on the deep message beneath the GPA: constitution AND reforms, then elections. Most recently, President Jacob Zuma himself has pointed out the need for urgent action ahead.

Change is Possible and Change is Happening

  • Posted on: 8 March 2013
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Michelle Bachelet, UN Women Executive Director: Message for International Women’s Day 2013

Today on International Women’s Day I join every individual who believes that change is possible. We are guided by a founding principle of the United Nations: the equal rights of men and women.

All around the world, our voices are rising, and silence and indifference are declining. Change is possible. And change is happening.

Change is happening when every country, for the first time in history, has women on their Olympic teams, as they did this past summer in London.

Let's Keep Our Promise!

  • Posted on: 6 March 2013
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We have been speaking about an end to violence against women at every opportunity we have e.g. during the 16 Days of Gender Activism, The Women and Peace Conference  and on V Day with the One Billion Rising and we will speak up again on International Women's Day on the 8th March but where is the action?

This year’s theme for Women’s Day  is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” Let’s all do our part to end the violence against women and girls.

Why I Am Rising on V-day

  • Posted on: 5 February 2013
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As V-day approaches I ponder on the very reason why I am rising.

I am rising because my life history is scarred with exposure and experiences of violence against women. I have been through too much, seen too much, and heard too much that not rising is a betrayal to my psyche.

A Crime Against Humanity

  • Posted on: 5 February 2013
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In this modern world of instant information, have we become inured to horror? Every day we are exposed to pictures and films of extreme violence, they flicker through our consciousness, moving on to the newest examples of human propensity for violence. And we forget each previous example as the newest hits the media.

John Makumbe - A True Hero

  • Posted on: 28 January 2013
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Very few people can be described as heroes. It is a term that should be used to describe a person who overcomes enormous adversity for the common good: such a person was John Makumbe. To be born an albino in Zimbabwe 63 years ago, and to die being remembered for being one of the most tolerant, non-discriminatory, peace-loving, and open persons in the nation is to be a hero. Others will describe his contribution, but I wish to honour the remarkable man that John Makumbe was.

The Perfect Valentine's Gift

  • Posted on: 10 January 2013
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One in three women on this planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. Set against the world population of 7 billion, and a total global female population of about 3.5 billion, it means not a hundred (100), not a thousand (1000), not ten thousand (10 000), not a hundred thousand (100 000), nor a million (1 000 000), but ONE BILLION (1 000 000 000) women shall suffer some form of violence in their lifetime. This is an atrocity of unparalleled proportions, yet it is happening right under our noses.  It needs to stop and there is something that we can all do to change this.

Gender Based Violence on the Streets

  • Posted on: 6 December 2012
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Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN) and Katswe Sisterhood organised a gender and development (GAD) talk as one of their activities to commemorate this year’s 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. This talk focused on gender based violence against women who are experiencing violence in places they call home, but which homes are not the conventional structures with 4 walls, a door, windows and roof. These women live and work on the streets. They are homeless women and commercial sex workers. The streets are their homes.