Speaker: Jenni Williams / Co-Founder, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
Date: Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Title: Jenni Williams on WOZA’s struggle in Zimbabwe
Description: Jenni Williams is a prominent Zimbabwean human rights defender and co-founder of the Zimbabwean organisation, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA). Since its creation in 2003, WOZA, also meaning ‘come forward’ in Ndebele, has grown into a network of over 75,000 women and has inspired tens of thousands of women and men to stand up for their rights under Robert Mugabe’s regime. In nearly a decade of nonviolent struggle and hundreds of protests and actions, more than 3,000 WOZA supporters have spent time in police custody. Williams herself has been arrested over 50 times and frequently had to battle fabricated charges. In 2009, Williams was honored by President Obama at the White House when she and WOZA Programs Coordinator Magodonga Mahlangu were awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Award. She is also the 2012 recipient of Amnesty International U.S.A.’s 2012 Ginetta Sagan Award for Women’s and Children’s Rights..
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