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African Commissioners and UN Special Rapporteur defend right to protest


During 6 to 8th June 2012, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) national coordinator Jenni Williams attended international human rights experts meeting is Oslo, Norway hosted by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. Williams presented the story of WOZA and its mandate of peaceful protest and the brutality of the state in trampling upon the right to peaceful […]

Bulawayo members march to demand Draft release


Two hundred and fifty members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) marched in five separate protests at 2pm 10th September 2012 in Bulawayo. The march was to demand the release of the Copac draft constitution, calling for the second all stakeholders and referendum without any further delay. All five protests managed to reach the targeted […]

101 arrested members relased by 6pm Wednesday 27June2011


The Police Commissioner must investigate Bulawayo Police Officers for overzealousness ONE HUNDRED and one members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) arrested between 10:30 and 11:30 am on 27 June Wednesday 2012 were release in batches of 5 from 4:30pm yesterday. The police adopted this release strategy to prevent a further protest being conducted if […]

2011 a year of protest and response with excessive force says Amnesty


Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) congratulate Amnesty International on the launch of their Annual Report under the theme ‘leading from the streets’. WOZA national coordinator is in London, United Kingdom and attended the press conference to launch the report which was launched at the Amnesty headquarters by Secretary General, Salil Shetty. He said,”2011 was a […]

Presentation to the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Pillay Zimbabwe May 2012


Since its formation in 2002, WOZA members have suffered a wide range of human rights abuses, some of these gender based violence. Many violations have been directly targeted at the elected leaders of WOZA, Jennifer Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu. Violations to our constitutional rights to Freedom of Assembly and Expression WOZA has a mandate to […]

Ginetta Sagan AmnestyUSA Award for Williams


On Friday 30 March WOZA founder and national coordinator Jenni Williams received the 2012 Ginetta Sagan Amnesty International USA award. WOZA is proud to receive this award along with Jenni. The legacy of Ginetta Sagan is one familiar to the activists of WOZA. The award comes at a time of great trials and tribulations for […]

17 arrested, tortured then released


Update SEVENTEEN members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) arrested at 8:30am 19 Jan 2012 have now all been released from custody. The police are to proceed by way of summons if they can unearth an offence once the investigation is complete. WOZA is deeply concerned at the treatment of our young members, five of […]

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 […]

An account of my experience by ‘GH’


It was on the 23rd April 2007 when we gathered at Kuwadzana 2 ZESA offices to forward our grievances on continued power cuts. As residents of DZ and Kuwadzana together with our WOZA/MOZA Organisation we went there at around 10:45 with our banners up. We sat down while waiting to be addressed by the authorities […]

An account of my experience in police custody by EF


On the 23rd April we were arrested in Kuwadzana ZESA for demonstrating against load shedding. We were taken to Harare Central and we were beaten from 16 00hrs to almost 20 00hrs. We were locked in the cells for a few hours. By 800hrs we were again to the Law and Order for beatings again, […]