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Where are the rights to health and shelter
Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA)
November 24, 2013
A news piece
on the Daily News of 5 November 2013 highlights the plight indigent
families, particularly women face in accessing life saving medical
treatment. Unashamedly, our leaders have the means to seek medical
treatment abroad while shunning local government hospitals whose
standards have deteriorated.
Women Lawyers Association, we urge the new Government to priorities
revamping the health delivery sector, by ensuring that competent
personnel are paid competitive salaries to curb brain drain. We
also recommend that there be more cancer screening and treatment
centres with affordable prices in the country to avoid parents turning
to beggars in order to sent their children outside of Zimbabwe for
Lawyers Association also takes this opportunity to highlight that
chronic and other debilitating diseases affect women more negatively
as the burden of care becomes their sole responsibility. We remind
the Government of its commitments and obligations in the new Constitution
which guaranteed every citizen the right to health-care services.
Lawyers Association also notes with great concern the recent announcement
by the Government of Zimbabwe in the media to demolish
thousands of houses in Harare and Chitungwiza.
urges the Government to put mitigatory measures in place in order
not to render citizens destitute and exposed to the elements of
the rainy season. The new Constitution is clear that every person
has a right to dignity, decent housing and shelter. Lessons ZLWA
learnt from the
2005 Operation Murambatsvina show that such internal displacements
affect women and children adversely. We urge the government to put
in place a plan of affordable housing for all before violating indigent
citizen’s right to basic shelter.
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