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Women, Stand Up For Your Rights!

  • Posted on: 27 November 2012
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On Saturday the 24th of November the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development officially launched the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The 16 days kicked off with a three day fair at which different organisations that offer services to victims of gender-based violence show-cased their work. The aura at the launch was inspiring.

16 Days of Activism. What Are You Doing?

  • Posted on: 22 November 2012
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The  23rd of November 2012 marks the first day of 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV). This year Zimbabwe unites with the rest of the world under the global theme “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge all forms of Gender Based Violence and End Violence against Women!” Gender-based violence is usually committed against women and girls and although sexual violence against men and boys also occurs there are reportedly fewer cases.

Can We Afford to Move the Capital City to Zvimba?

  • Posted on: 15 November 2012
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According to News Day, dated 13 November 2012, the capital city of Zimbabwe is moving to Zvimba in Mashonaland West. Zvimba is President Mugabe’s rural home, 40 km from the current capital Harare. The plans which are reported to be underway will include moving the headquarters of Parliament, government buildings including State House, the Reserve Bank and the Supreme and High Courts.  It is reported that an affluent residential area, shopping centres and hotels will also be established in the new complex.

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend?

  • Posted on: 13 November 2012
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SEVENTY NINE members of WOZA and two babies were arrested on 12 November and held at Bulawayo Central police station for staging a peaceful protest at the City Council Tower block where most Council workers are housed, to demand the provision of clean water to their homes. The protest was against the recurrent water shortages in Bulawayo. This is not the first time that WOZA women in Bulawayo have been targeted for the ‘heinous crime’ of staging a peaceful demonstration.

Continued Detention of CSU Staff - RAU Press Statement

  • Posted on: 8 November 2012
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The Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) expresses its concern with the arrest and detention of staff of the Counselling Services Unit (CSU). CSU provides an invaluable service to victims of trauma, and, as such, any disruption to its activities must be seen as interfering with the operations of a humanitarian organisation. RAU therefore calls for the immediate release of those detained, and urges the state to proceed by way of summons.

Perpetually Dependent...

  • Posted on: 6 November 2012
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On Saturday the 3rd of November, the President launched his 2012 Agricultural Scheme set at 20 million US dollars. According to news reports, this scheme is set to benefit 800 000 households countrywide who will receive agricultural inputs for the imminent season.

Is this a noble idea or not, we wonder. Some would say yes, but history has taught us to be weary of such schemes.

In 2000, Zimbabwe embarked on a chaotic farm invasion exercise which was bloody and ruthless and which resulted in land redistribution.

Restless Youth

  • Posted on: 5 November 2012
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On Wednesday 31st of October it was alleged that a group of ZANU-PF youth broke into the home of the MDC treasurer and brutally assaulted him and his wife in Kadoma. The youth are also accused of having stolen some of the couple’s valuables. There has been speculation about whether the act was politically motivated or just another criminal act, the motive being very important information needed for investigations conducted.

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