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Last week at glance - Issue 31
Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe
April 28, 2010

The Solidarity Visit

Her Excellency Mary Robinson, the President of Realising Rights jetted into Zimbabwe yesterday for a solidarity mission with women. The former President of Ireland and former UN High Rights Commissioner is accompanied by prominent African women. The Zimbabwe Government is hosting Her Excellency and a delegation of 7 women leaders from the 25th to the 30th of April 2010. Mary Robinson is in the country for a solidarity visit with women of Zimbabwe to raise momentum on women's equal participation in the constitutional process and issues of transitional justice and national healing for women. The other objectives of the visit is to increase support for women's effective participation in the next elections in line with the SADC protocol; to identify concrete steps for Zimbabwe to develop a National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 and construct plans for a second mission to Zimbabwe in 2011. That would include a wider circle around the follow-on event to the Liberian Colloquium planned for 8 March 2011 in Zimbabwe.

Media Brief

A media orientation was convened on Sunday, 25 April 2010 for journalists on the Mary Robinson's Solidarity Visit. Both print and electronic media were invited to the media orientation and were addressed by a panel that has representatives from the government and civil society. Representing civil society on the panel was the Chairperson of Women's Coalition, Emilia Muchawa and on the government side, the Permanent Secretary of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Dr Utete Masango and the Principal Director for the Organ on National Healing, Mrs Sibusisiwe Zembe. Journalists were given a brief background on the visit and the high powered delegation and invited to cover the events during the course of the week. Guests at the media brief included members of the Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe who were later treated to a reception after the brief.

Upcoming Events

Monday 26 April 2010: High Level Dialogue HICC
Tuesday 27 April 2010 : Field Visits
Wednesday 28 April 2010 : WCoZ Breakfast Meeting with High powered delegation
Thursday 29 April 2010: WCoZ Half day conference for women church leaders
Friday 30 April 2010 : WCoZ lunch meeting with business women

Visit the Women's Coalition fact sheet

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