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The People's Charter
Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
December 07, 2006

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Zimbabweans, united and resolute, announce:

  • That after 26 years of independence, the freedoms and equal opportunities we were promised have not been fulfilled;
  • The dreams we had of a good life - of dignity, comfort and security - have become nightmares. Zimbabweans must dream once again and turn their dreams into a living reality.
  • We must keep in mind, however, that we deserve better and we must not be afraid to believe that we have the right to a brighter future and we have the right to contribute to building it.
  • And therefore, we, the people of Zimbabwe, women, men and children, of all races, tribes and religions, come together with respect for each other and as equals to adopt this Charter, knowing that united we can deliver its possibilities;
  • And we undertake to work together with strength, courage and hope, until all Zimbabweans can live in a genuinely democratic country in peace and with dignity.

We shall all be Free and Equal

  • All Zimbabweans shall be equal, regardless of gender, physical ability, colour, national origin or tribe. Women's and children's rights shall be promoted and protected;
  • We shall be educated about the rights and freedoms guaranteed to us by our Constitution and by international law, both regional and universal; and shall enjoy them freely;
  • We shall be free to meet, organise and speak our minds without fear or intimidation.

People Participating in Governance

  • People shall be informed of and encouraged to participate fully in all aspects of how the country is managed and run, fully exercising their rights as citizens;
  • Any person born in Zimbabwe shall be allowed to become a citizen of the country. Birth certificates, national identity documents and passports shall be easily available for all citizens;
  • People shall be free to choose the leaders they want, without fear and intimidation. Leaders at all levels shall be chosen through free and fair elections, without rigging;
  • Women must also be encouraged to take up leadership positions to ensure gender balance;
  • There shall be an independent electoral supervisory commission to oversee the conduct of elections and elections shall be monitored by neutral observers, both local and international;
  • People shall be free to belong to the political party of their choice and shall not be discriminated against because of the party they support;
  • All other arms of government, especially civil servants, police and army, shall be non-partisan and shall effectively serve the interests of the people.

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