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A women's human rights defender can be anyone defending women's
rights in their sphere
Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA)
August 25, 2013
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Grace Chirenje is a young women's rights activist, and is founder
of the Zimbabwe Young Women Network for Peace Building Project,
an organisation that focuses on issues of women's participation
in politics, democracy, literacy and skills training and concentrates
mainly on rural communities in Zimbabwe. Grace's passion is community
development and facilitation with a special emphasis on women in
relation to democracy, good governance and conflict transformation.
Through her passion and activism she has touched the lives of thousands
of rural Zimbabwean girls, empowering them with skills and self-esteem
to challenge discrimination and violence against women. This passion
started when she was in University. Are you a student? You can make
An advocate for social justice and non-violent struggle, Jenni Williams
is an outstanding Zimbabwean woman who co-founded Women
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA). The organisation seeks to provide
women, from all walks of life, with a united voice to speak out
on issues affecting their day-to-day lives. It also empowers female
leadership that will lead community involvement in pressing for
solutions to everyday crisis and encourages women to stand up for
their rights and freedoms. Jenni has fearlessly stood for basic
women's rights such as food, shelter and sanitation, and has never
given up despite being arrested too many times. She has impacted
her community, are you impacting yours?
Beatrice Tonhodzayi is a journalist and prolific writer of social
issues that affect women and children. Using her space of influence
at Zimpapers, she has used the pen to highlight social norms and
practices that people take for granted which impact women negatively.
Her writing has brought to light and increased discussion on issues
to do with HIV, wife battering, adultery and women's rights. Beatrice
has won numerous awards as a journalist
Kelvin Hazangwi is a gender and human rights activist. He is the
National Director of PADARE
/ ENKUNDLENI / Men's Forum on Gender an organisation that works
with men and boys to find practical ways of advancing gender equality
in Zimbabwe in partnership with women and girls. Through this organisation,
he has championed programmes that help protect women from various
forms of violence. He is the current Chairperson of the National
Anti-Domestic Violence Council of Zimbabwe, which was established
in terms of the Domestic
Violence Act to ensure the effective implementation of the Act.
Rudo James looks like any ordinary woman, but her personal experience
of gender based violence pushed her to rise and say no more. She
is a Community Legal Educator with Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association,
and spends most of her time sensitising her community in Norton
on women's right. Rudo is an example that ordinary women can add
their voice to the fight against gender based violence. She is doing
her bit to raise awareness on women's rights, are you doing yours?
Are you defending
women' rights? Go ahead, protect women from all forms of violence.
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