Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean Activists strategize at Feminist Movement Builders SchoolIn Zimbabwe, extreme political insecurity, repression and economic instability have made the struggle for women’s rights dangerous, draining and traumatising. Women activists across the spectrum are struggling to process the emotional upheaval, physical trauma and stress of the last decade. In a context where government repression means that activists are confronting violence on a daily basis, women and women activists are at increasing risk in their personal and professional lives. For LBTI women on the frontline, the dangers within a country where homosexuality is illegal are that much more urgent, as is the need for collective organising for solidarity across all diversities for safety and security.

Separating women’s rights from LBTI rights? I would say that that’s how injustice thrives. Women’s rights and feminism challenge patriarchy, so it’s critical to work together to appreciate how patriarchy is used to marginalise not only women, but all of us who are seen to be non-conforming to society’s oppressive values. Coming together to challenge patriarchy should be teamwork—that way we can make super noise! ~ Fadzai Muparutsa

JASS Southern Africa uses Heart—Mind—Body (HMB) to bring the personal back into the political realm. Heart—Mind—Body is a three-fold approach that recognises women’s bodies as the first site of resistance to oppression and violence and vital to women’s organising capacity. Secondly, HMB repairs and consolidates formal and informal networks, allowing diverse women and movements to build effective collective strategies for safety and security. Lastly, Heart—Mind—Body provides a space for critical analysis of the current context as a means of protection and strategic planning in an increasingly unstable context.

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