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29 November is Women Human Rights Defenders Day


WOZA calls on Zimbabweans to beat the drum of peace and development to break the silence on violence WOZA joins the rest of the world’s activists in campaigning for an end to gender-based violence in the year 2013. To mark the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, the organisation chose to look beyond the […]

WOZA applaud the constitution drafting team for a good first effort


Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) applaud the drafting team for the work they have done on the draft of the Constitution and encourage them to swiftly deal with parked issues and submit the draft to the second stakeholder’s conference without further delay. WOZA has continuously engaged its members to debate constitutional issues and in December […]

Rural WOZA members released without charge


The WOZA members arrested and detained at Filabusi Police Station today were released without charge just after noon. Police returned all the t-shirts and scarves that they had confiscated but kept all the placards and copies of the People’s Charter to submit to provincial leaders. Minutes before the peaceful protest was about to begin, a […]

Over 100 rural WOZA members arrested in Filabusi today


Following on from the demonstrations and arrests in Bulawayo last week, over 100 members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) were arrested in Filabusi today. The exact numbers are not clear as activists are still entering the police station to hand themselves in. Rural members of WOZA had gathered today in Filabusi, the administrative centre […]

Gweru 34 further remanded to May


The 34 members arrested whilst launching the People’s Charter in Gweru at the beginning of March appeared in remand court on 21st and 22nd March. The 26 who were arrested during the demonstration appeared in court on 21st and were further remanded to 8th May. The following day, the eight who were arrested either before […]

Masvingo demonstrators finally released on $30,000 bail


The 20 WOZA members held for three days by police were finally released an hour ago after paying $30,000 bail each. They have been remanded to 4th April. The group of 17 women and 3 men were charged under Chapter 37 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act – ‘participating in a public gathering […]

20 WOZA members remain in custody in Masvingo on International Women’s Day


Update – 9pm 20 WOZA members remain in police custody in Masvingo tonight – their third night – in direct contravention of the 48-hours maximum period allowed under the Public Order and Security Act (POSA). Police gave the excuse that their equipment was not functioning properly so they could not take the statements of all […]

Arrests update


10pm Gweru The nine members arrested whilst taking food to those in custody on Monday appeared in court late this morning. They were released on bail and were remanded to 23rd March. All of those arrested in Gweru following the launch of the People’s Charter on Monday have now been released. Masvingo The 20 arrested […]

Mutare joins Gweru in launching the People’s Charter


The WOZA social justice charter – the People’s Charter – was successfully launched in Mutare this morning, as members of the organisation marched through central Mutare, defying a police ban on all demonstrations throughout the country. Approximately 30 women processed, singing and waving placards, from near Kingdom Bank up to the Civic Centre, a distance […]

Masvingo launches the People’s Charter whilst 36 remain in custody in Gweru


Whilst 36 WOZA members remain in custody in Gweru after launching the People’s Charter in the Midlands town yesterday, WOZA members again took to the streets today – this time in Masvingo. The message was the same – the people of Zimbabwe demanding social justice through the People’s Charter. In the face of heavy police […]