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  • Statement on World AIDS Day and the 16 Days of Activism
    Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF)
    November 30, 2007

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    Whilst we applaud the passage of the Domestic Violence Act, Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF) is concerned that in most instances in Zimbabwe, violence against women is perpetrated at the behest of the State. The machinery that has been used to target political opponents and Human Rights Defenders includes the Army, police, ruling party military (Green Bombers) and the ZANU PF youths.

    ZEF notes with added concern that the worse economic and political situation in Zimbabwe continues to force women and children to flee into exile. Many of these women have been subjected to extreme poverty, sexual molestation and other abuses in South Africa, Botswana and other neighbouring countries. HIV/AIDS is also on the rise amongst the exiled Zimbabwean women, who do not have access to ARVs and medical care while in exile.

    ZEF hopes that the SADC-initiated political settlement will herald as a matter of urgency, a new Zimbabwe that respects the rule of law, democracy and human rights.

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