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say injury to one an injury to all women
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
December 07, 2011
Women of Zimbabwe
Arise (WOZA) wish to express concern about the manner in which the
Tsvangirai family have dealt with the matter of Ms Lorcadia Karimatsenga
Tembo pregnancy. We also express concern that Locardia, a victim
of abuse is being used by politicians and the media as an object,
further abusing her and reducing her dignity.
We call on the
family to recognise and respect her as a woman and as a mother and
treat her with decency and cater to all her needs as a pregnant
We call on politicians
to stop using this unfortunate circumstance to settle political
scores as by doing this they are perpetuating abuse.
We call on the
media to respect the integrity of the 'personal' spaces of people
and not publicise this issue in an undignified manner and to refrain
from gender stereotyping and demeaning comments.
It is saddening
to note the media and press hype about this issue. Why is it so
important when thousands of women and girls face this exact abuse
every day? It is for this reason that civic society organises a
16-day campaign against gender based violence so that the issue
comes to the fore rather than abuse of 'important' or 'prominent'
people. Thousands of WOZA members have been beaten, brutalised,
tortured, arrested, stripped, and called by vulgar language but
very little comment is heard from politicians and the media.
The work of
WOZA and the resultant suffering, the blood sweat and tears of members
to build a reputation as a no nonsense movement of human rights
defenders must not be misunderstood. We are not at the back and
call of politicians with an agenda to use our voice. We comment
because we are affected by the issue of gender based violence -
the global abuse of women and girls, to us an injury to one is an
injury to all women.
WOZA ask that
due respect is accorded our work. We ask politicians and the media
to take stock of the abuses we suffer; remember us every day and
not only when there is suddenly a need to try to use us weapon to
embarrass politicians and settle political scores.
of WOZA, Williams and Mahlangu are being dragged to a trial on fabricated
kidnap and theft charges on Monday 12 December 2011 at Bulawayo
Tredgold Magistrates Court, be there in solidarity at 8am.
the WOZA fact
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