Zimbabwe

At the 29th Human Rights Council (HRC) session in Geneva, JASS Southern Africa’s Maggie Mapondera joined other activists in pushing states to recognize the urgent need to protect human rights defenders, particularly those defending women’s, sexual and reproductive, and LGBTI rights.
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Join JASS in celebrating International Women’s month! From Cambodia and Zimbabwe to the U.S.A. and Switzerland, follow JASS and our partners in making women’s voices and alternatives heard by policymakers and influencers in key global events.
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Zimbabwean activist, Prayers Mushava, shares her powerful story of how she became an activist: "The reality of what it means to be a woman became [even] clearer when I met JASS in 2013. I began to see life through a feminist lens and realized that disobedience can be celebrated, especially if it aims to defeat structures that harden women’s lives whilst privileging men."
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"What does 'women's empowerment' mean?" JASS Southern Africa's Shereen Essof and Maggie Mapondera sound off on the African Union's recent appointment of President Robert Mugabe as Chair and pledge to put women's empowerment at the top of the agenda.
In November, a Kenyan woman was stripped naked by a mob of men at a city bus stop in Nairobi and the brutal attack was caught in graphic detail on video. Her crime? Wearing a miniskirt which was deemed ‘indecent.'
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This report brings you stories and insights from across the JASS network. Here, you'll read how different women see their world and the innovative ways they are challenging abuses of power and building deeply democratic alternatives.
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On October 4th, hundreds of women brought Harare traffic to a standstill during the Reclaiming our Streets march against attacks on women wearing short skirts. Their action was met with heckling, catcalls and further harassment from men. The response to the march reaffirms the need to address the real threats and intimidations faced by women standing up for their rights in Zimbabwe, and develop strategies to assure women’s control over their bodies and safety from violence in all its forms.
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Maggie Mapondera of JASS Southern Africa asks: We talk about justice all the time as feminists, but what do we actually mean by it? How do we even begin to imagine what justice looks like?
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Katswe Sistahood's Winnet Shamuyarira describes how Zimbabwean activists rose up for justice in this year's global One Billion Rising Campaign: "That day, we the women of Zimbabwe said we were tired of being abused, tired of taking things lying down and that we have the power, the numbers, and the voice to act on issues that are affecting us"
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Zambia's first lady surprised the international community when she spoke out on LGBTI rights. Many activists and JASS allies across the region are wondering, what’s next—will those in power begin to formulate concrete policies that will put these words into action, and make a difference in the lives of LGBTI people?
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