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Zimbabwe government unlawfully jails Linda Masarira, mother of five

Zimbabwe government keeps violating  the rights of women and no one can stop the atrocities. The most urgent and serious case is that of  Linda Masarira , a mother of five children. Her children solely depend on her for survival. The situation of her situation is pathetic and calls for urgent intervention.
Below is a brief about Linda and an account given on her by Dr Patson Dzamara. Please note this case will be updated as more updates come. Also we will share details on how people can support her directly. Her situation is dire
Profile of Linda Masarira
I’m a human rights activist passionate about labour issues,gender balance women and girl childrights

Dr Patson Dzamara brief on what happened to Linda

Let me also take this opportunity to give clarity on something I feel is critical and for us to really know the dynamics involved. After my numerous posts about her, I received a lot of enquiries as to what has prolonged her incarceration and I wish to set the record straight .
The fact that Lynda is a political prisoner is incontestable. She is not a criminal and she must not be behind bars.

However, there is fine line between the legality and illegality of her detention. Let’s start with the illegal dimension. Her detention can be deemed illegal because she didn’t appear before a court within 48 hours of her arrest and that’s illegal according to our constitution. We are hoping to secure her release on that premise.

13775422_10154279485987954_5587711385565404356_nOn the other hand, like I stated before, Lynda absconded a court appearance for a previous case after we were beaten by riot police at the Africa Unity Square on the 20th of June. She was injured just like most of us and so she couldn’t travel to Mutare for her court appearance.

Those who appreciate the law would know that absconding a court appearance is a good enough reason to be denied bail for another case. So it’s not that the lawyers are incompetent or that we are neglecting a comrade.

After all is said and done, we appreciate the fact that all cases against Lynda are politically motivated and obviously spurious. As such our solidarity is necessary.

Let’s stand together as one tomorrow and send a clear message to this failed regime that we won’t ever allow a wounded soldier to die. Also remember that we stick to peaceful non-violent means in whatever we do.

Bring your flags tomorrow, 8.30am at Mbare Magistrate Courts.

Aluta continua…

Dr. Patson Dzamara

Muzvare Betty Makoni to be honoured as Image of Africa by Voice Achievers Awards

Souce:Read the Voice hereThe Voice Achievers Award

The Voice Achievers Award is established in the Netherlands as project of The Voice magazine to recognize Africans and friends of Africa of outstanding achievement on a yearly basis. Since 2012, the award took a global outlook recognizing people outside of the Netherlands

The Voice Magazine is the First and the biggest African news Magazine published in The Netherlands. It was established in August 1999 to provide a voice for the African communities in The Netherlands and African people in the Diaspora at large. We have in every sense of commitment, engaged in this noble course over the years.
Over these years, we rose to a professional and moral call to unveil Africa to Europe and the rest of the world from the perspective of the African people. Being the first formal African News Magazine published in the Benelux region of Europe, we have reviewed the tremendous development and growth within Africa over the period.
The Editorial Board of the Magazine constituted an Award Committee that would under strict but objective appraisal; nominate distinguished Africans and friends of Africa, worthy of appreciation and Honour at every forthcoming “The Voice Achievers Award” in the Netherlands.

It is intended that this Award ceremony will be annual to encourage Africans and friends of Africa in various fields of human endeavours to do more and attain an outstanding status. We are in no way saying these people we have chosen are the best but they do have outstanding qualities that we are proud to present to the world.
“The Voice Achievers Award’ is programmed to be a spectacular media and mentoring event. The award is designed to serve to mentor people to aspire for excellence in all facets of human activities. It is a mixture of young and older minds being rewarded on the same platform.
This Award is unique because it offers not only recognition per excellence to the winners but also create an opportunity to meet other professionals and entrepreneurs from other communities in an interactive atmosphere to exchange new ideas.

We recognize governments, institutions, entrepreneurs as well as charities, social enterprises and those businesses that are making proven positive social or economic impact on Africans or a particular country in this contest.

2015 Nominees List
African Leadership Award
Alie Kabba
African Woman leadership award
Judge Florence Mumba
African Political Leadership Award
Pascal Bida Koyagbele
African Hero Award .
Pastor E.E.H. Hongerbron
African Distinguished Career Award
Dr. Lanalee Araba Sam
Spiritual leadership Award
Apostle Frank Quaye-Aikins
Diaspora Media Woman of the Year Award
Princess Moradeun Adedoyin-Solarin
Africa Image maker Award
Hrh Muzvare Betty Makoni
African Motivational Award
Leontine van Hooft
African Community Builder Award
Marinda Holtzhausen
African Foundation Award
Smiles Dental Foundation Dr. Mrs. Elfrida Angelina Quaye-Aikins
African Entertainment Award
Tammy Clarizza Abusi
Inspirational Award 2015
Mercedes Monden
African Gospel Music Award
Minister Sonnie Badu
African Humanitarian Service Award
Rosalia Sibulelo Mashale
African Community Service Award
Bob Hensen
African Diaspora Producer Award
Kevin Bob Kargbo
Diaspora Man of the Year
Abubakar Bangura
Africa Dance Act Award
Petit Bagaza
Business Entrepreneur Award
Yvonne Williams
Diaspora Health Care Award
Carmelita Haynes MammaeCare Body & Mind
African Top Model Award
Nella Santo
African Special Recognition Award
Albert Chapel
African Heroine Award
Fatoumata Jahumpa Ceesay
African Designer Award
Carlos Dauvia Nijenhuis Liandro
African Cultural award
Taremeredzwa Munzara
African support Group Award
Women of Integrity
African Public Service Award
Hon. Samson Raphael Osagie
African Ambassador Award Ambassador
Odette Melono Cameroon Amb. to The Netherlands
Diaspora Woman of the Year
Bridget Fomukong Christopher Okigbo
African literary Icon Award (Posthumous)
African Writer Award
Steve Mwase
Diaspora Media Man of the Year Award
Quayson Kwabena
African Business Excellence Award
Turkish Airlines Europe
Life time Achievement Award
Jan Pronk
Life time Achievement Award
Chief Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia
African Supporter Award
Dick Becht

Abuse and Violence against Women Online-Take part and speak out

Women in the Zimbabwean Community in UK have endured the worst violence online. There is a syndicate set up under guise of human rights defender to violate them. Police has not been helpful and acts of harassments and mental torture have become worse. They are all encouraged to use this survey and platform to speak out. There are dangers some of them will commit suicide. Reports submitted to Muzvare Betty Makoni on violence they are subjected to online are many.

For more information, contact Anri van der Spuy (avanderspuy@unog.ch).

Take part in the survey and have your say http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/documents/best-practice-forums/484-call-for-input-help-us-counter-the-online-abuse-of-women/filehttp://www.intgovforum.org/cms/documents/best-practice-forums/484-call-for-input-help-us-counter-the-online-abuse-of-women/file

Call for Participation: IGF Best Practice Forum
Defining Practices to Counter the Abuse of Women Online

Introducing the Best Practices Forum on Practices to Countering the Abuse of Women Online

“More inquiry is needed about the use of technology, such as computers and cell phones, in developing and expanding forms of violence. Evolving and emerging forms of violence need to be named so that they can be recognized and better addressed.”
– UN Secretary General, in-depth study on all forms of violence against women (2006)[1]

Great strides have been made to improve connectivity and internet access around the world, which have resulted in increased opportunities for advancing rights and interests of different sections in society, including for women. However, at the same time, increased access has also resulted in the use of technology to perpetrate acts of violence against women (VAW).

Online VAW has increasingly become part of women’s experience of violence and their online interactions, encompassing acts of gender-based violence that are committed, abetted or aggravated, in part or fully, by the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as phones, the internet, social media platforms, and email. Examples of online VAW include (but are not limited to) online harassment, cyberstalking, misogynistic speech, privacy invasions with the threat of blackmail, viral ‘rape videos’ that force survivors to relive the trauma of sexual assault, and the non-consensual distribution of ‘sex videos’.

Violence against women and girls online limits their ability to take advantage of the opportunities that ICTs provide for the full realisation of women’s human rights, and also often violate women’s human rights. Over the past six years, there has been increasing attention paid to understanding the nature, harm and consequences of violence against women online by the media, governments and women’s movements. This is evidenced in the formal recognition of violence against women online in significant women’s rights policy spaces and the focus on secure online practices for women and women human rights defenders. However, this concern has arguably not been adequately taken up by various stakeholders within the Internet governance ecosystem. There is still a significant lack of awareness regarding what kinds of online conduct constitute abusive and violent behaviour and the variety of actions that can be taken to address and prevent such behaviour in the future.

Taking efficient and effective action to countering the growing phenomena of online VAW is not only important in ensuring that the Internet fulfils its potential as a positive driver for change and development, but also in helping to construct a safe and secure environment for women and girls in every sphere of life. Due to the nature of the Internet as a distributed network of networks, addressing online VAW requires considerable input and cooperation from a multitude of stakeholders, including the technical community, private sector, civil society advocates and organizations, governments, international organizations, academic community, users, and young people.

To help address this challenge, this Internet Governance Forum (IGF) initiative is bringing together multiple stakeholders from diverse communities to investigate the types of conduct online that potentially constitute abuse of women, the underlying factors that contribute to enabling environments for abuse, the impact that such abuse has in communities, other related contentious issues, and the solutions, responses and/or strategies that constitute good and/or best practices for countering the abuse of women online.