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Harare women protestors arrested and cautioned
Mthulisi Mathuthu, SW Radio Africa
December 05, 2013
Police in Harare
on Wednesday arrested 37 women protestors who were marking the ongoing
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
the Zimbabwe Lawyers
for Human Rights information officer, Kumbirai Mafunda, the
women were briefly detained at the Harare Central Police station
and later released after being told to apply for police clearance
for their future activities.
Only last week
police in Bulawayo assaulted scores of members of the Women
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA). The activists were on their way to
Mat North Resident Minister Sithokozile Mathuthu’s offices
to submit a petition on women’s needs and expectations.
The 37 women
arrested Wednesday are affiliated to the Katswe
Sistahood, a movement of young women fighting for sexual and
reproductive health rights in Zimbabwe.
The 16 Days
of activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign
that starts on November 25th and ends December 10th. The campaign
hopes to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human
rights issue at the local, national, regional and international
theme is ‘Let’s challenge militarism and end violence
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