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your right to love
Women of Zimbabwe
February 08, 2004
Join other women
on Saturday 14th February, Valentines Day 2004 at 11:30am
at the following venues:
outside the Small City Hall in 8th Avenue
- Harare: Africa
Unity Square in Sam Nujoma Street
message is: Cry Beloved Zimbabwe - Defend your right to love!
What we expect
- Attend the
walk to show solidarity with other women.
- Show that
you love Zimbabwe by bringing roses or any flowers to hand out
as we walk.
- We will walk
peacefully through the streets dressed in white for peace.
- Follow the
instruction of the walk marshals
- If you cannot
join us, demonstrate at your closest shopping centre. But please
try to do it at the same time so that we are together.
- If the Police
arrest participants, put flowers on Police Station pavements to
remind them that we came peacefully with love in our hearts.
Why are we
We say CRY
- For those
who have died from political violence.
- For rape
victims and the victims of politically motivated rape used as
a form of torture.
- For our hungry
children and orphans that we can no longer afford to feed, clothe
- For our children
living in exile as refugees
- For those
who die of HIV/AIDS without access to healthcare.
- For many
of us have lost our jobs and our self-respect.
- For all women
who continue to be discriminated against in all spheres of society.
- We are crying
to put out the fire of hate burning our beloved Zimbabwe.
right to love and let love overcome hate!
Defend all your
rights and stand for the truth!
are told to HATE but choose to LOVE! This will be a better place
when the power of love replaces the love of power. We want Zimbabweans
to LOVE each other, help us by stopping this hate fire.
radio and television must balance their messages.
- Give us back
our freedom of expression - remove AIPPA and POSA so we can meet
- Restore the
healthcare system – Treatment and medicines availability is almost
- Disband the
Youth Militia - our children come home infected with hate and
violence is increasing: We must be free to vote for the candidate
of our choice.
must be stamped out everywhere without favouring a small group.
say: defend your right to love and let love overcome hate!
Convention on Civil and Political Rights (Zimbabwe is a signatory)
- Any propaganda
for war shall be prohibited by law.
- Any advocacy
of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement
to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by
Robert Mugabe at rally in Chinhoyi. Mugabe:
"Ndiri kunzva kuti vatovamba nezvibhakera. Vavamba neviolence.
(I hear that they have started the fistfights. They have started
with the violence). I want to warn them against resorting to violence.
I want to warn them again and again that it’s a dangerous game
they are embarking upon. I don’t want to say more than that. Nokuti
kana iri yezvibhakera regera uone. Musandidherere muchiti kaakamdhara
kane 75 years. Ndinokudashura nacho ichi. …(If it comes to
fighting just wait and see. Don’t underrate me saying he is a
75-year old man. I can knock you down with this fist)." -
ZBC Timer: 3:28 5/02/2000
"We are the government. We have the instruments of law and
order and we do not want to be pushed into a position where we
have to apply the full weight of our instruments of security upon
our people." - ZBC Timer: 125:24 on 22/07/2000
Robert Mugabe, ZANU PF Victoria Falls Conference:
"Kotoenda uku harisisiri bhora riya ratakatamba muna June
gore riyeriye ndichiti ndini center forward. Yaahondo zvino.
Chimurenga chetatu. (This is no longer a soccer match we played
in June 2000 when I said I was the centre-forward. This is war,
the Third Chimurenga). We didn’t talk of the command center during
the general election. Now we have to talk of the command Centre.
We have to move like a military machine. And you prepare in your
own units to move forward." - ZBC Timer: 1625 on 15/12/01
Mutasa, ZANU PF Organising Secretary Mugabe:
"We would be better off with only 6 million people with our
own people who support the liberation struggle. We don’t want
all these extra people."
Hungwe, Permanent Secretary Local Government and Housing:
"We may have to take this whole system back to zero before
we can start it up again and make it work in a new way."
Ndiweni [ZANU-PF Information & Publicity Secretary for Bulawayo]:
"…the mistake that the ruling party made was to allow colleges
and universities to be turned into anti-Government mentality factories."
Msika, Vice President [July 2002 Mt Darwin]:
"[National service is] shaping youths in a truly Zimbabwean
Peace Trust in August 2003. Comments from youth militia themselves
about their activities: Interviews with youth militia in Zimbabwe
and South Africa
was about vandalism… We were used to do the things the State does
not want to do themselves. Then they can just say it was just
the youths, not us".
are Zanu-PF’s "B" team. The army is the "A"
team and we do the things the government does not want the "A"
team to do.
got a lot of power. Our source of power was this encouragement
we were getting, particularly from the police and others.. it
was instilled in us that whenever we go out, we are free to do
whatever we want and nobody was going to question that."
Chiwenga General, Zimbabwe's new defence force boss, giving the
country's doctors and nurses a final order to end their two month
"If you refuse to co-operate, we can take you to the army barracks
and detain you, and you will see what will happen."
Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe Independent 17 Jan 2004. Is there Hate
Speech in Zimbabwe?
"Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the
white man, our real enemy!Make them tremble." "Whites
are not human beings"
the Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) fact
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