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  • Voices for Peace Zimbabwe campaign
    Beyond Violence
    July 09, 2013

    Beyond Violence and Young Voices Network launched the "Voices for Peace" Zimbabwe Campaign on the 25th of June 2013. The campaign aims to prevent the political violence that has plagued the country during past elections. The hope is that by uniting Zimbabweans in a call for peace, people will break through the climate of fear and refuse to participate in violence, while political actors will listen to the people, and ensure the election is carried out peacefully, without fear or voter intimidation.

    In order to bring together Zimbabweans across the entire country, the campaign uses a combination of communications technology channels. The campaign utilizes a variety of online social media spaces, but also combines these resources with radio, print and mobile phone technology. Beyond Violence and Young Voices Network noted the effect that online social media is having on this elections, promoting a freedom of opinion never seen before and providing a platform for more transparency in the political process.

    To sign the petition Zimbabweans and citizens of the world can make a free phone call and their voice will be added to the campaign or alternatively send a text message in support of the "Voices for Peace" campaign. With free phone calls to sign the petition, every Zimbabwean and citizen of the world in possession of a mobile phone is able to make their voices heard. Beyond violence and Young Voices Network believe that this is an important part of politically empowering the entire populace as every sphere of society can be involved.

    The campaign affirms that in order for the constitution's reforms to be effective, political actors need to be accountable to the will of the people and respect the rule of law. With reports of intimidation already coming through from the primary elections. Beyond Violence and Young Voices Network, stress that this is a crucial time for joining voices to show perpetrators that violence will not be tolerated. We are at a critical moment where we are able to end the culture of political violence. The question is: Will Zimbabweans unite in demanding the peace they deserve?

    Young Voices Network believes that by combining local and international pressure, supporters can end violence in Zimbabwe. Feedback from the petition has already started coming with campaign supporters stating that as Zimbabweans we need to strongly voice against the torture of fellow Zimbabweans. Beyond Violence and Young Voices Network urge everyone to join them by signing their petition and following campaign updates.

    Sign this petition and join the movement! Make a free phone call or send a text message (STD rates apply)

    +263 77 15 75 001 +263 73 93 25 251
    +263 77 15 75 004 +263 73 93 25 252

    Visit our sites and add your voice for peace.

    www.facebook.com/beyondviolenceorg
    www.twitter.com/bvzimbabwe
    www.facebook.com/lovepeacelovezimbabwe

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