Young women in Zimbabwe stand up against violence and discrimination

“Organizing young [Zimbabwean] women into representative leadership structures is key for harnessing young women’s power and ability to stand for themselves and challenge injustices,” a recently published paper by the Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD) concludes. The organization trains and mobilizes poor young women in the political hotspot of Mashonaland Central Province, a rural area of Zimbabwe.

One example of the status of women in Zimbabwe is the extensive politically motivated violence against women in Zimbabwe in connection with elections, particularly in 2008, where men loyal to President Mugabe’s ZANU-PF systematically raped and tortured thousands of women who were supposedly active or sympathetic towards opposition parties. Read more of this post