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appeal for strong resolution protecting women human rights defenders


ON THE DRAFT RESOLUTION ON PROTECTING WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS We write to you as a group of African human rights defenders from across the continent working at national, regional and international levels. We are following negotiations on the draft resolution on the protection of women human rights defenders currently being advanced in the UN […]

Drama in Bulawayo as WOZA delivers complaint to police, Christine arrested, released


letter of complaint to ZRP about 12 september12 violation of WOZA members rights Update – Christine Ndlovu was released after Law and Order Officer George Ngwenya made her pay a $5 fine for trespass and went to her home to verify her Identity Card. Her lawyer Kossam Ncube drove the police officers to Christines home. […]

Zimbabwe’s constitution-making process – a WOZA perspective


Background Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) has consulted with members over the last few weeks on the constitutional reform process initiated by Article 6 of the Global Political Agreement (GPA)1 and recognise the opportunity to play a role in making this process result in a truly democratic Zimbabwe. WOZA has already been involved in joint […]

Statement on International Women’s Day and death of Mrs Susan Tsvangirai


As the world, including Zimbabwe, commemorates International Women’s Day, members of WOZA find little to celebrate. As organisations, both local and international, take the opportunity afforded by International Women’s Day to speak out about the need for gender equality, respect for women’s right and an end to violence, WOZA joins the chorus. Yet we understand […]

The State of Education in Zimbabwe – a shattered dream


For several weeks, WOZA members have expressed their deep concern about the failure of government schools to open. This follows on from distress about the quality of education that their children received in 2008. In the first 20 years of Independence, Zimbabwe’s education system and schools were the envy of Africa. In 2009, we do […]

Maria Moyo (15 March 1950 – 6 November 2007) – a shero remembered – a life celebrated


Maria Moyo was born on 15 March 1950 in Gwanda. She died on 6 November 2007, aged 57 years. She was married with 9 children and her last born is a Grade 4 pupil. She left behind 12 grandchildren. She did her primary education in Gwanda at Siboza Primary School up to Standard 4. She […]

‘Talking about TALKS’ – WOZA/MOZA’s view – ‘ten steps to a new Zimbabwe’


WOZA has been reading and hearing about “the talks” and wish to express our views about these. Firstly, we would like to know exactly what South African President Thabo Mbeki, Tanzanian President Kikwete and our SADC brothers and sisters want to achieve by their mediation. Is their role to bring about a new government without […]

An open letter to Business, Minister of Industry and Commerce and Minister of Home Affairs


An open letter to: Zimbabwean retail and manufacturing business people Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Obert Mpofu Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Kembo Mohadi Fellow Zimbabweans, Firstly we wish to introduce ourselves to you; we are Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise, a socio-economic movement formed to press for the promises of the liberation […]

ZESA Protest Note


ZIMBABWE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY AUTHORITY (ZESA) I am a power consumer and have been your customer for many years but your service has been getting worse in the last three years. I have run out of patience; your service is no longer empowering anyone but is draining many pockets. I want POWER and deserve to be […]

Open Letter to President Thabo Mbeki


His Excellency Mr M W Makalima The Ambassador The South African Embassy HARARE Your Excellency, Talking about TALKS – WOZA/MOZA’s view – ten steps to a new Zimbabwe WOZA has been reading and hearing about ‘the talks’ and wish to express our views about these. We ask that you kindly relay this letter to President […]