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ACTION TYPE EMAIL Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) is a Zimbabwean activist group that speaks out about social and economic inequalities and human rights conditions in the country.
WOZA members have been demonstrating peacefully against social injustice for ten years.
Urge the Zimbabwean authorities to respect the rights of WOZA members
Update: 23 September 2013 On 19 and 20 September, WOZA organised demonstrations in Harare and Bulawayo to mark the UN International Day of Peace. Many WOZA members were beaten by police and a number were arrested made including leaders Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu, at both events. No charges were made. WOZA reported that 1500 of its members participated in the peaceful marches.
Since WOZA was formed 10 years ago, we have documented numerous incidents in which the group's members have been arrested, harassed and severely beaten by police after exercising their right to peaceful protest. They have been charged with everything from 'kidnapping and theft' to 'criminal nuisance'.
May 2013 marked five years since 14 WOZA members were
arrested during a peaceful march. They were calling on Zimbabwe's
neighbours to help bring an end to state-sponsored violence in the
context of the 2008 election. WOZA leaders Jenni Williams and Magodonga
Mahlangu were detained for 37 days. The other 12 members were held for
Please email the message below to the Zimbabwean Ambassador in London to
urge the government to respect the rights of WOZA members.
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