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    Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
    July 16, 2010

    Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) this week hosted a human rights awareness workshop at Chireshe Business center in Magunje.

    The workshop was aimed at empowering farm workers with knowledge of their rights in order to reduce manipulation of farm workers and to encourage their participation ahead of the constitution public consultation in their area.

    107 people attended the meeting. From these people 43 were men aged between 14 and 56 years while the remaining 64 were female of an average of 24 years.

    ZimRights informed the people that everyone has a right to education and health care facilities. The officers added that all workers are entitled to good living and working conditions. If the farm owners have inadequate resources on their farms to ensure good living conditions they should give their workers enough money to live in better conditions elsewhere.

    At first farm workers showed little interest in knowing their rights, saying that they were more interested in financial issue. However after the discussion with ZimRights officers, the workers started to open up. They said, because of their ignorance of human rights, farm owners have been manipulating them and in the same instances, workers are getting monthly salaries as low as USD$10. Low income has increased poverty in the farming communities and very few children are enjoying their right to education.

    The farm workers requested ZimRights to communicate for them to Government that they should do more to monitor how farm workers ore operating. They encouraged ZimRights to continue embarking on programmes that look out for the suppressed voices, with the aid of other organizations that have the same capacity.

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