Community Popular Opinion Leaders celebrating the 16 days of Activism in Lupane Sibombo ward.

Gender Justice trainings

Training of traditional leaders in Murehwa District

Economic Empowerement

WLSA Zimbabwe with support from We Effect giving out Income generating projects in Hopley Harare.

Gender Based Violence fair in Harare. WLSA exhibition table.

Mudzi district monitoring visits

Discussions on Monitoring and Evaluation of projects.

Taking the law to the people

WLSA conducting Mobile legal aid clinics in Rusape Makoni District

Helpdesks

WLSA Zimbabwe National Director Slyvia Chirawu signing the MOU with the Judiciary Service commission on helpdesks.

Legal education

Legal education and trainings being conducted in Lupane District.

Gender justice

Traditional leaders legal education.

ANTI GENDER BASED VIOLENCE FAIR

 

 ANTI GENDER BASED VIOLENCE FAIR

“From Peace in the home to peace in the world, Lets unite to fight against Gender Based violence”. 

Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust hosted the Anti-Gender Based Violence Fair at Talent Village in Mabvuku on 09 December 2016. The coordination of the event was supported by Ministry of Women Affairs Gender and Community Development (MWAGCD) Mabvuku District Officials and WLSA empowerment circle members in the district. The event was hosted courtesy of supplementary budget from We Effect

.Linda Muriro from Star FM flanked by WLSA representatives during a radio programme to introduce the commemoration of 16 days against Gender based violence                 Audience during a presentation by the ZRP Victim Friendly Unit Department

 

The stakeholder who were present together with empowerment circle leaders from different districts and wards took turns to give solidarity messages on what 16 days of activism against GBV were about and they also explained their roles in the communities on issues of Gender Based Violence. The VFU gave their message on Gender based violence and the law. They gave emphasis on the referral pathways where they encouraged the community that in the event that any type of gender based violence is occurring or occurs to them or their neighbors they can visit the nearest ZRP Victim Friendly Unit (VFU) department. Participants were encouraged to report cases of domestic violence as quickly as possible so that victims receive medical treatment before contracting unwanted pregnancies, HIV in cases of rape or death and internal injury.

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Violations of Property and Inheritance Rights of Widows in Zimbabwe

 

“You Will Get Nothing”

Violations of Property and Inheritance Rights of Widows in Zimbabwe done by the Human Rights Watch

Widows in Zimbabwe often lose their homes, land, and property to opportunistic relatives. Some of these relatives believe that widows have no right to these assets and take advantage of widows’ grief and changed marital status to grab what they can. Some of these widows have been able to find support from legal service providers to pursue justice through the courts. Many more, for various reasons, including social and geographic isolation and poverty, are not able to mount such a legal challenge.

“You Will Get Nothing,” based on research and interviews conducted with widows throughout Zimbabwe, documents the harmful impacts of property grabbing and how widows rarely have access to justice. The report also highlights the Zimbabwe government’s domestic, regional, and international legal obligations to widows’ rights. The report, part of a new initiative by Human Rights Watch to document abuses against older people and advocate for better protections of their rights, found that older widows, many of whom have faced cumulative disadvantages related to discrimination over many years, are even more impacted by abuses related to property grabbing in Zimbabwe. Human Rights Watch calls on the government of Zimbabwe to develop a legal and policy framework that protects the property and other rights of widows .

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SUBMISSIONS ON THE LAND COMMISSION BILL

SUBMISSIONS ON THE LAND COMMISSION BILL TO

Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation ,Parliament of Zimbabwe

On the 13th of July, 2016, the Land Commission bill (hereinafter called the bill) was gazetted. As stated in the preamble, the “act” seeks to provide for the Zimbabwe Land Commission established by section 296 of the Constitution; to provide for the acquisition of State land and the disposal of State land; to provide for the settlement of persons on, and the alienation of, agricultural land; to provide for the control and subdivision and lease of land for farming or other purposes; to provide for limiting of the number of pieces of land that may be owned by any person and the sizes of such land; to repeal the Agricultural Land Resettlement Act(Chapter 20:01) and the Rural Land Act( Chapter 20:18) and the Land Acquisition Act ( Chapter 20:10) and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing. The bill goes on to lay out the relevant sections in the Constitution these being section 296 which provides for the establishment and composition of the Zimbabwe land Commission and section 297 which sets out the functions of the Commission.

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Creating a conducive legal and policy environment for women in mining in Zimbabwe

Creating a conducive legal and policy environment for women in mining in Zimbabwe

The site of women miners conducting illegal mining activities is a cause for concern. They conduct mining activities but at the back of their minds is fear of arrest, confiscation of the minerals and unsafe conditions. To its credit, mining can result in significant increase in household income. It is therefore important that the mining activities be conducted in a conducive atmosphere. Zimbabwe has many laws on mining and the environment. These include the Base Minerals Export Control Act; Precious Stones Trade Act, Gold Trade and Copper Act, the Mines and Minerals Act among many others. There are also many legal and policy requirements for one to be able to conduct mining activities legally. Women miners are lost in the maze of these laws and policies. Most of the mining legislation has not kept up to date with the current environment and gender equity and equality. Women‟s economic empowerment is key to the development of Zimbabwe. The government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development is striving to improve the lives of women through economic empowerment. Creating a conducive mining legal environment for women in Zimbabwe will go a long way in ensuring that the women miners are able to lead better lives. It will also contribute to the economic growth of Zimbabwe.

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