Workers Day statement

 Workers Day

As we commemorate Workers Day, under the local theme: We are at crossroads, arise and organize – do not mourn, it is opportune to reflect on how far the struggle to dignify the workforce has come. It is from getting a correct perspective of how far we have come that we get an appreciation of how far we are yet to go.

A look at the relationship between the workforce and employers reveals the need for organisations like us WLSA Zimbabwe to roll out our sleeves and put shoulders to wheel. It is clear that the level playing field is still unequal for men and women in the workforce. Women continue to be on the sidelines particularly where economic policies and decisions are concerned.

The Women’s Coalition launched the Zimbabwe SADC Gender Barometer for 2017, early this year. The Barometer revealed that there is a low percentage of women in the formal sector employment, and women’s limited access to and control of country’s productive resources is worrisome. More men (30%) than women (14%) are in paid employment in Zimbabwe, with more women (14, 9%) than men (7, 3%) being unemployed. Read more

Congratulations to Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza

Congratulations to Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza on her appointment as Deputy Chief Justice

WLSA Zimbabwe congratulates Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza on her appointment as the Deputy Chief Justice. The first woman to occupy such a post in the history of the country.

Admitted as a legal practitioner in 1987, Justice Gwaunza then co-founded WLSA Zimbabwe in 1989 and became the National Coordinator till 1995. We are pleased to be associated with her. It is an honour and inspiration to continue with the work of ensuring that the law works equitably for women.

A founder and former President of the Zimbabwe Association of Women Judges, Justice Gwaunza is the second woman to have sat on the Supreme Court bench. She is a member of the International Association of Women Judges and have sat on many women’s organization boards. Read more

International Women’s Day 2018

“Transforming Women’s Lives through Economic Empowerment”

As we commemorate the International Women’s Day, it is imperative for us to acknowledge the fact that the plight of the women folk still cries out for redress. While we are pleased that in some areas of life, great steps have been made, in others a lot more still needs to be done, WLSA remains commitment to promote and protect the rights of women.

Amid the struggles women are confronted with, we are heartened by the resolve of a group of women in Hwange who stood eyeballs to eyeballs against a seemingly indomitable opposition. Yet to our astonishment they withstood a barrage of blows delivered on them. Read more

Justice Makoni ruling statement on the Hwange Women Demonstrations

Dear Colleagues

Harare; High Court on the 27th of February 2018 delivered judgement on the case of infringement of private property filed by Hwange Colliery Company against demonstrating spouses and widows of unpaid employees of the coal mining company. The women have been protesting outside the company premises for close to a month now.

Justice Makoni dismissed the case with costs. She stated that the applicant failed to sufficiently satisfy the court that the matter was urgent, therefore struck it off the urgent register and ruled that the case be on normal roll.

This ruling, which is good for the striking women, increases their resolve in seeking justice. The demonstration came as an attempt to compel Hwange Colliery Company to pay salaries, which have been outstanding for the past five years. Read more

Striking Hwange women score victories

Spouses of Hwange Colliery Company employees in a tent where they have been staying for a month

February 27 2018

What initially started as a pep talk among spouses and widows of Hwange Colliery Company over non-payment of salaries of their husbands has shaken the coal mining giant prompting it to seek relief through the courts. Not only did the women triumph over the company but they have outpaced their husbands, who have slavishly toiled for five years without remuneration.

In a case similar to that of shepherd boy David against the seemingly indomitable Goliath, spouses of the coal mining company, like David who slew Goliath with using a string shot, have used their collective power and resilience. The majority of them have no or little education, barely spoke the queen’s language let alone understand the legal jargon.

Yet ever since they took up the issue of non-payment of salaries to their bossom, they have been scoring one victory after another. They shook the company to its core forcing it to pay $200 twice for the month of February alone, something which their husbands have failed to do in five years. Read more

The legal requirements of mining

FACT SHEETS ON THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS OF MINING

Can a woman become a miner?

Yes. Women and men are encouraged to do mining as long as they have reached the right age to work.

When can you become a miner?

You can become a miner as soon as you turn 18 years of age.

Which two important laws regulate mining?

  • The Mines and Minerals Act
  • The Environmental Management Act

What are the stages to follow for getting a mining permit? Read more