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"As women of Zimbabwe, we aim to hold the Zimbabwean government to account based on key issues we have identified. From Zimbabwe to Nicaragua to the US-Mexico border, it sometimes feels like the world is breaking, and it takes all of us to fill the cracks and make it whole."

On July 30, Zimbabweans head to the polls to vote for a new president and parliament in the first election since Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule ended with a military coup in November of 2017. As we inch toward the day, the surprising euphoria that drew international attention last year has dwindled. In a country where past elections have done little to address people’s needs and problems, skepticism is common as few expect real change. Yet, elections are still a critical moment to amplify demands, bring new ideas into public debate, and to educate and organise other citizens to work together to pursue alternatives.

"We strive for a country where there is peace. We want to be free to express ourselves without fear. Currently we are forced to pretend as if we support political parties that we do not support, just so that we are able to sell at this market.”  – Woman vendor, Chikwanha shopping center

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In light of this, JASS Southern Africa (SNA) and the Institute for Young Women in Development convened a 2-day pre-election dialogue with Zimbabwean women from different racial, class, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identities, across the country. Together, we confronted the issues and challenges that most affect women’s lives and explored the rich national history of women’s political organising. Read more from JASS’ Zimbabwean Regional Director and Program Coordinator for Southern Africa!

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  • Watch the pre-election press conference hosted by JASS Southern Africa today in Zimbabwe.
  • To better understand the needs and demands of Zimbabwean women, read their shared vision for Zimbabwe that embraces diversity and inclusivity.
  • Share this message, follow us, and stay engaged with Zimbabwean women activists through our social media.

 

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