#ThisFlag: When Citizens Rise!

 

Nyaradzo Nyari Mashayamombe Citizens Rising #thisflag

#ThisFlag: Citizens Rising

It’s imperative to know that the days building up to Zimbabwe Independence Day 2016 saw many Zimbabweans online speaking out on issues troubling our country. Beginning with the missing 15 billion dollars that President Robert Mugabe brought to light, to the MDC March, which drew a lot of support and scrutiny, to now, where Zimbabweans are using #Thisflag to unify voices online. This hashtag builds on the voices of concerned citizens who have been petitioning against bad governance, unaccountable, nontransparent leaders, and ongoing corruption. To suggest that this hashtag campaign is any other ideology, is a cheap way of thinking that Zimbabweans are stupid, docile and cannot see straight through the theft, plundering and human rights abuses that have been perpetuated over the years by our leaders.

Activists from all walks of life have been speaking about holding leaders accountable for their corruption. I, too, remember venting on Facebook just after hearing about the missing money that Zimbabweans shouldn’t joke as much as they did online over serious matters like national resources, or 15 billion dollars going missing, but should be bold to hold leaders accountable.

The campaign against corruption, bad governance and accountability has predecessors who ought to be remembered even as citizens rise today, and to know that they stand on the shoulders of those who’ve gone before them. It’s important to reflect on the lives of human rights activists who died for this country since the year 2000, who were made to disappear and who starved because they spoke out boldly – calling the masses to action and fighting for #ThisFlag.  Itai Dzamara is a name close to our hearts of a young Zimbabwean man who felt fed up just like many people online who are using #thisflag today, and those that have been and will continue talking about these issues. Women were raped and killed between 2000 and 2008 fighting for a better Zimbabwe.

Further, we see the power of the part the church plays in a struggle. In the past, churches have played the role of praying for the country, while activists took to the streets, to television and newspapers about the suffering of the people and the misuse, bad governance and corruption this country has endured. Pastor Evan Mawarire rising from the citizens and as a pastor, is a role model that makes many citizens realise and claim their power and see it as OK to finally approach leadership to make things right for the country, supporting the work activists have struggled with over the years. Simply put, the people have a right and are exercising that right!

People are beginning to realise that #ThisFlag represents our country. We are part of it, it’s not for the people whom we put into power to manipulate and use against us, it’s ours. Whomever wants to side line, minimize and make this movement seem like it is about one person, or funded by whoever, needs to realise that it is ours!

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Now, following Pastor Evan Mawarire’s Ms Ruvheneko and Mr. Tafadzwa,  it leaves a lot to be desired about how patronised people have been over the years. The record has to be set straight.  I noted the following about the interview and I would like to comment as such:

  • Zimbabweans speaking out through #ThisFlag is a constitutional right, a responsibility they have for their children and future generations. It is a shame that over the years as citizens, they’d left the speaking out only to human rights activists, opposition political parties, and foreigners. But now it is time we took our rightful place in our civil society.
  • #ThisFlag is part of already ongoing discussions and talks about governance issues and corruption in this country. It shouldn’t be mistaken for anything but an open space for all citizens whose jobs have been lost, education hindered, and human rights violated to reclaim and lift #ThisFlag and #FixOurCountry. Over the years Zimbabwe has had activists both online and in mainline media encourage youths, women and communities to speak out. As a human rights activist I’ve had the privilege of working and campaigning on the ground and online with the following friends in my circles who’ve spoken out on countless times about these issues as concerned citizens, they are not from the West or East, they are mainly from Zimbabwe and are Zimbabweans. This list includes the following people: Cleopatra Ndlovu, Nyasha Sengayi, Tendai Garwe, Shingi Mavima, Lucy Mazingi Makaza, Janah Ncube Musimwa, Mike Tashaya, Angela Machonisa, Tariro Tandi, Barbara Nyagomo, Tafadzwa Bete Sasa, Martha Tholana, Jimmy Wilford, Thomas Chizhanje, Mbuya Muroro, Fadzai Mukonoweshuro, Henry Chitsenga, Fortune Pahwaungana, Alex Magaisa, Brian Muchemwa, Chipo Bangira, Arthur Gwagwa, Doc Suli, Simbarashe Nyanhanga, Glen Dhliwayo, Carl Joshua Ncube, Chipo Bangira, Rita Nyampinga, Trevor Ncube, Netsai Mushonga, Norman Musimwa, Sylvia Sanyanga, McDonald Lewanika, Hillary Musarurwa, Nigel Mugamu, Maria Mapolisa, Beighton Chireka, Tayiwona Sanangurai, Wilhelm Olivier, Batsirai Chigama, Jestina Mukoko, Charlton Tsodzo, Hillary Musarurwa, Nelsy Ncube, Barbara Mhangami, Ropafadzo Mapimhidze, Nqo Dube, Grace Chirenje, Sally Dura and my big sister Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, to mention but a few.  The common thread they share is the love and the care for their country.  Many of them are lifting #ThisFlag and reclaiming the pride through speaking out.

The threatening and intimidation that we heard from the panelist Tafadzwa Musarara, who was supposed to be a political analyst but turned out to be an apologist against freedom of expression, is what has kept many Zimbabweans silent. Intimidating brave citizens like Evan Mawarire from speaking not only violates the constitution, but tries to keep the country under the pedagogy of oppression. The oppressed have to realise that they are oppressed and they have to rise! The citizens are rising and the ancestors of Zimbabwe must be happy. Nehanda and Chaminuka brought us the legacy so that we can look after it well, this docility and passivity has kept their bodies rolling in their graves for a long time.

#ThisFlag is creating a path to fixing our country and the start is that we demand for a public inquiry into the missing fifteen billion dollars and the public must be kept informed about this process.  Secondly the ministers declare their wealth and every suspected act of corruption and misuse of national resources be accounted for, and perpetrators not only pay back but be prosecuted. We know mismanagement and swindling resources by an elite few has kept us on our knees. We will hold those who lead us to account for that power that we gave them through the election. Thirdly ministers should respect the electorate and remain accountable and getting a mandate from those they represent, beginning with the Ministry of Education.  Imposing changes like national pledge without public inquiry and changing traditional and religious things like Scripture Union, and refusing NGOs in schools to share legal information single-handedly (such as comprehensive reproductive health rights) is unacceptable. Zimbabwe is a constitutional country which should be run according to the constitution. #ThisFlag campaign will indeed bring our country to systematic accountability and end corruption! Zimbabweans are rising holding #thisflag to #fixourcountry!. Lets continue sharing and build on the movement!

Nyaradzo Mashayamombe is Human Rights Activist, Founder and Executive Director of Tag a Life Inter(TaLI), Development Consultant, Recording Artist and lover of life. Twitter handle: @nyarimash.

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An End to an Intriguing 2015 Purposeful 2016 and Beyond!

Nyaradzo Nyari Mashayamombe
Nyaradzo Mashayamombe receives the Human Rights Defender Artist of the Year Award from Zim Rights for the song Cry which features Chiwoniso Maraire

The year 2015 has been truly eventful. One which we are willing to put behind and cross over to the new year, 2016. The past year hasn’t been so easy, many tests were thrown at me but i want to believe however, that i pulled through. Such is life, they say what doesnt kill you, makes you stronger.

A quick mention of the goodness of the Lord; Other than the challenges and privilege to continue fighting for the rights of the girls with Tag a Life International #TaLI, i had my own self to develop and personal projects to pursue. At work, we managed to train more than 300 Community Peer Educators, more than 500 young people and 76 Teachers in the Midlands Province and also assist survivors of rape to get services, as well as Celebrate our 5th Year Anniversary through introducing Child Rights Awards called TCHRAs.

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For leading such an initiative, God granted me the grace to be recognized by 3 institutions in the form of awards. Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards (ZIWA) honored me with the ‘Community Champion Title of the Year’ in September 2015. Then StarFM Zimbabwe went on to recognize me with the People’s Choice Humanitarian Award2015 on December the 4th.

Lastly but not least, Zimbabwe Human Rights awarded me the Human Rights Defender Artist of the Year Award for the Song ‘Cry’ which i sang to raise awareness on the rights of the Girls and Young Women especially around Sexual Abuse and Child Marriages in Zimbabwe, highlighting the fact that, the perpetrators against girls are often the people that we know. This song also features the late Chiwoniso Maraire.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6achBH-P3AU

Inspite of all the challenges that we faced this year, this has been to encourage me and my team, to strengthen us that no-matter how difficult things may be, the Lord who has commissioned for this work will see us through if we continue to put our trust in him.

TaLI also turned 5 this year and we made the next five year Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2020 after an evaluation of the work that we’d done over the years. To our partners HIVOS, US Embassy and PEPFAR, as well as Individual Friends of TaLI my work would not have been possible without you. To the dear sisters who held my hands and brothers who stood by me in my work through thick and thin, i say the journey has just begun, lets keep fighting for the Human Rights and Social Justice for Girls, Young Women and our entire communities.

For personal development and projects; i’m forever grateful for the strength God gave me to begin to pursue my Masters Degree; Master of Science in Development Studies Degree.

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The greatest happiness for me has been the recording and release of my Music Album #Zvatiri which is a celebration of my own life as a black woman, who was born in a world where natural beauty is distorted by the infiltration of skin bleaching and magazine model type of a woman’s beauty which causes a lot of damage to girls and women. The black women particularly are made to apologise for their beautiful pigment of their skin that is chocolate, the curves of their body which many pay millions for and the strength of their voices which often thunders the African Jazz melodies.

The talks about the African Beauty, Love, Gospel and social issues such as girls and women issues. http://www.financialgazette.co.zw/nyarie-mashayamombe-releases-third-album/ .  The Album has since received a lot of coverage including BBV Africa. https://www.newsday.co.zw/2015/12/19/nyaradzos-album-scoops-human-rights-award/ . It is also available on iTunes and CD Baby.

What this year has taught me is that one does not need the assurance of another person to pursue what one cares about or their purpose because, some people will doubt you, others will insinuate hateful things and challenge the core of what you care about if you are not careful, you may begin to self-doubt. Most importantly, there are those who really do not care about what you do, who can have bad intentions and shallow such that they can trash everything that you’ve ever worked or poured your sweat for, but in all this, we are strengthened by what we believe.

It is the liberating that we do what we do not for human beings glorification, but for the greatest call, they may seek to take advantage, but you will prevail! Here is to a conquering and wonderful, prosperous, healthy and happy 2016, whatever God blesses, no man can curse!

Scandals are for Women, Men can laugh them off!!

So i’ve been following this Sex Tap Scandal by two Zimbabwean men who are said to be in Capetown. When it broke out early this week i did not really take part in it. As usual such scandals i take my time to study what is going on, assess the facts and the situation and if i have to speak, then i will speak. I often seen everything in Gender Lenses its amazing.

I want to believe that even though i live in Zimbabwe, i usually do not poke my nose into the business that doesn’t concern me, like homosexuality. I am fairly travelled, i see homosexuals around me, just as they see me and nobody really cares, unless its something that we have to engage on a personal note just like human beings, like working together, or if we are friends etc, thats besides the point. I am trying to say i am a person who really doesn’t care about someone’s sexual orientation because i respect other people as much as they respect my own sexual orientation, its really each to their own, i don’t really bother myself, for the most part, i seek to understand and embrace, and as a christian, i often live everything including my own struggles and life to God.

Today i’ve been bothered and i will have to write about it. It has come to my attention and understanding as i follow the whole scandal of the two Zimbabwean Homosexual men that, one of them is said to be married . The proof that i have about this guy being married came from himself alleging that ‘I was intoxicated on the day ‘i was drugged’, followed by his utterances that he is ‘homophobic’, and that he is a married man with 2 kids. The allegedly married guy’s(one of the homosexuals in the video) name is Exeter Godfrey Mudyiwa on this Facebook profile. The disturbing side to the story is that of a photograph circulating of him with a woman, many of which are being circulated with the face of the woman ‘protected’, some not.  The other partner who is alleged to be in the video is said to be one on Facebook-Profile  and it is not clear if it is him since i have not heard him addressing this issue directly, unlike Exeter Godfrey who i saw responding directly to some one Socialite’s Thomas Cstzzle Chizhanje’s wall where he invites Exeter to address the issue.

It is at this wall that i got really pissed off by some Zimbabweans. One member in a Facebook group that i am part of posted about how Thomas was going to interview this Homosexual guy Godfrey, who is actually Heterosexually married, about the video.  The alertness in me caused something not to sit well with me on hearing about the ‘interview’. Zimbabwe is full of scandals. I have to be clear that i call this a scandal because; 1. They recorded their sexual act which is supposed to be private, 2. They distributed or caused to leak, or where careless to cause their illegal material to leak for the consumption of others, which is a violation of other people and am gravely concerned about children having access to that porn material since many kids below the age of 18 have access to phones and can access such materials, 3. The fact that this guy admits to being married to a woman and yet goes around having probably ‘unprotected sex’ with the same sex, THOSE CONDITIONS MAKE IT SCANDALOUS, YOU CAN ADD YOUR OWN ANALYSIS!!.

My question is scandals happen everyday especially in women, nobody bothers to give them a fair interview, the social media in Zimbabwe, including the main line news, reports about it often in an ugly manner on hearsay and at that point society will have judged the woman and her life would have been destroyed already. On the other hand, these homosexual guys’ story who is married to a woman has been neutralised. Zimbabwe does not see this as a scandal enough nor the cheating as a need to shame, and name it loudly, in the H-Metros of this town, on the radio stations etc. The question is why? Why has this not made real news? Is it it’s because its men caught up and maybe we can’t allow men scandals to really be out there? Maybe we can’t! I have heard women in some groups saying, ‘we do not want to name and shame the married guy because we will expose his wife’. But wait a minute, who ever cared when women were caught up in scandals, that the husband would have to be protected? The society would come out blazing ready to shoot the woman with the man as a victim! They will go after the woman with everything they have to shame the ACT, to keep women ‘where they belong’, to make them good girls, so that the rest of the other women will learn that you do not engage in scandals. But how about men, they are allowed to do whatever they want. Actually when they are engaged in scandals we make them heroes, we provide them spaces to ‘meet the people’, and be heroes, for people to listen to the nonsense, why? because they are men, they can do anything? SHAME ON SUCH BEHAVIOR!!

Zimbabwe keeps showing me that patriarchy has buried us including this generation! We are so buried in it that even women have been nurtured and modelled in such a way that, they will punish other women for their sins, and women will pay severely! But the same men will commit worst sins but society will laugh about it, will dismiss it, will look for an opportunity to be ‘addressed by the perpetrators’ in denial that a ‘man can really be caught up in such cheating and shameful act of recording a sexual ponographic material’?

What i am challenging Zimbabwean news to do is to report fairly and equally, to bring out societal ills from both men and women the same way. To let children know that people are equal thus men and women, they are capable of making the same mistakes, and that a society’s rules and norms must be equally applied. If a society does not allow certain behaviours among its citizens for instance cheating in marriage, it should be for everyone. It must apply to both women and men! We should not give unity for men and punish women alone. We should treat women and men the same as equal human beings. Women MUST be freed to look at life with fair lenses, and that freedom begins with media equally covering stories and addressing societal issues the same way. Media coverage mustn’t be to silence women, to punish women, to label women or to put them in boxes while men are let loose.

As i end this article, my heart goes out to the wife of this ‘cheating-homosexual guy’. I pray that she has economic independence to move on from this kind of trauma and abuse of being double crossed. I am worried if she is safe from diseases. No one human being should ever have to deal with this. The temptation to the sister who is married to this guy would be to stick around and present that she supports her husband when in actual fact she might just stick around for economic reasons at the expense of her own health. I say if its you sister, move on you are still very young. To the young men who were caught up, it is a crime to record your sexual explicitly almost anywhere in the world, do not abuse other people as you make your choices. You have the responsibility to respect other people by making your sexual episodes private just like everyone else, you abused thousands if not millions in that ponographic video. You also have the responsibility to not abuse others like women in the process, and there is nothing heroic about this, its shameful!. And to Zimbabweans, lets not be complacent, let our yes be a yes, our no be a no, lets practice equality for all human beings. Men are no better than women, if you are going to frown upon scandals, make it be for everyone, both women and men!

Audit #HarareHospital NOW What is Rate of Survival??

While #Afrophobia’ is taking place in South Africa, there is a huge issue that Zimbabwe is not talking about which should concern all of us, concern all of us very FAST, and its urgent, it can’t wait, it makes me sick, and enxious, and furious, and think that this is the end of the world. It makes me feel helpless, it makes me vulnerable and makes my people also vulnerable, its an issues thats worrisome and we should all be worried! Its the issue of HarareHospital! My heart cries out, i am in pain, God help!! I am calling for an urgent look into the situation in public hospitals such as #HarareHospital, where people are dying like crazy!! My heart cries out.

The day before Easter last week i went together with our team to visit one of our staff members’ sister was admitted there. She had told me that earlier on her sister had refused to go back to #HarareHospital because prior to that, she had spent sometime there. When i visited the lady in the hospital, i could not stand the environment. I wondered how people were surviving there. The atmosphere is not one of healing, but takes the very life from you. She was admitted in the ward in the last floor and i was told that she is also waiting for a bed downstairs where the environment was better. While i spoke to the lady i saw life in her, she was talking and we spoke at length until the time for us to leave and we left.

While i was there i reached for tissues in the hospital cause i could not swallow my own saliva because of the smell and just the situation in that ward. I said to myself, this is why this lady wanted to come back home. The next day i had a conversation with the sister and i said, i think you need to bring your sister home and maybe get some help from doctors or just get medicines for her to heal at home, i think that environemnt is not good for her, it takes the very life from her. Lo-and behold, a week later she passed on. I was confused, i felt robbed and i said lives are passing for no reason, we could do better. i cried in my heart and yearned for a better Zimbabwe whose children have access to basic health.

Fast track a week later, i was phoned yesterday for a relative who was said to be at Harare Hospital again. I thought it wasn’t serious, i think i got into denial, i didn’t want to imagine their pain or the surrounding environment where they were living. Just today my brother called me and told me that our relative had passed on. I am from the funeral and i said £@£?£$%£$& man! I said this country could do better for its people. The level of neglect and the cost for basic survival processes like a scan costs US$600 and because of the nature of this hospital where everyone comes from low income earning communities, where can people get such amounts of money? I got supper pissed listening to the ordeal of the deceased from the time they took him to the hospital last friday to the time of his death this afternoon.

That death again could have been avoided if resources where availed. Basically there are huge complaints about #HarareHospital that there is need for an urgent audit of service at that hospital! It seems as if anyone who goes there doesn’t come back alive. The environment is not life giving but draining, you literally have to fight for your life to stay alive but many are dying. Some say they are not getting drips even. I am shocked, this is the highest level of suffering and it has to stop! Can someone do something for Harare Hospital Please and all the public hospitals!! Can we have an audit of lives that survive in the hospital viz-a-viz lives are admitted. What is the survival rate at #HarareHospital?? Please help real fast!!

#NoXenophobia #SpeakOutXeNOphobia !!

#xeNOphobia has harnessed our bothers and sisters and time is now to act!

Each and everyone of us must be bothered at the welfare of another human being, you are reading this message now, you are a human being, you can also be passionate about Justice and Human Rights if you are not yet that. While some of South African Citizens’ issues are genuine for instance the issues of illegal immigrants and their impact on lawlessness and other issues, South Africa MUST remember that its own liberation came as a result of it getting help from other African countries, therefore it does not have to quickly forget that.

We have witnessed brutal burning of our brothers and sisters alive, this is not acceptable on every level. Our Presidents have also not prioritised this and their silence is deafening! We need to raise our voices quickly and now.  Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia whereever you are in Africa, rise against this barbarism. Lets ask our Presidents to speak and shun this evil, South Africa MUST be reminded by someone that it is our brothers and sisters who have contributed to the building of that ECONOMY, it is their sweat as well.

Many of our countries especially Zimbabwe has given South Africa millions of dollars in their exports and this is how they pay us back! When Apartheid tormented South Africa, Africa was there and so was the rest of the World, SOUTH AFRICA YOU CANT FORGET, It is fooling of you to do so!

I am suggesting a Twitter campaign, to speak against #Xenophobia and immediately ask our presidents to Act! People’s Social Media’s walls are blazing with anger especially Facebook at this injustice by some of our ignorant South African brothers and sisters who either take part in this brutality, killing and burning of our people alive, or those who just stand and watch and do nothing!   Lets translate our anger into something tangible.

Lets say #NoXenophobia #xeNOphobia. Rather than just vent with nothing to show for it, each time you write something on Facebook and twitter concerning xenophobia, please hashtag #NoXenophobia or simply #xeNOphobia to speak out against it. Lets tag our local media, news papers,  local radio stations, televisions, international media houses, celebrities and this is the the power we have, the power to speak out! Lets utilise social media for change, get posting, get hash tagging! We are the change that we want to see,  Save the life of someone through twitter or phase book, use  #NoXenophobia !!

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What is It to You? It is The Year of The Lord For Me!!

As the Christian tradition, many Christians engage in seeking and searching for God in this beginning of the year and others started right at the end of the Previous year. Mostly they are seeking to establish their year and seek for God’s guidance in the New year. It is from the understanding that ‘Our Help Comes From God’, who knows our purposes and what he has in store for us. I personally have started on this journey for this year. There are things that God has already started showing me, things of Greatness and His Purpose upon my life. I will tell you that my year kind of started with a bit of a heavy heart. This was as a result maybe of the fact that i didnt take a leave working on the case of the touts who stripped a woman. I read on one of my colleagues’ wall of an article that said ‘Do not Take things Personally’, well for me with this kind of passion that i have for girls and women issues, i need to find a School to teach me ‘How not to be Personal’ about personal issues in one’s life eg girls and women’s issues.

I want to just declare a few things and to share as i see it and feel it in the spirit. For me what this year is ‘Is the Year of The Lord’ in my life. My Pastor @Tom Deuschle Declared that this year is the Year of ‘Divine Grace’, my spirit said YES when we had the Cross-Over on the 31st and i say it for this year. Greatness is my portion, Prosperity is my potion, Deliverance is my Portion, Love is my Portion, Good Health is my Portion, Favor is my Portion, Blessings are my Portion! Every purpose of God in my life this year MUST come to pass. So should you declare and take time to seek God(or the Higher power that you believe in).

You have to note that these things will not come easy. The devil is going to try to take Your Peace, To Try and Lie that You are a Failure, He will try Get your Glory, He will try to make everything that you do seem to amount to Nothing, He will try and take away from your Relationships, He will mess with your Faith and Hope, he will try to throw fear your way, and doubt of yourself. However am here to say that the word that i believe, of God says; ‘The Enemy comes to Steal, Kill and Destroy, but Christ came that we may have life, and life in abundance, When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord will Raise a Standard on our behalf, He will vindicate us my friend, What the enemy intended for evil, The Lord turns into a blessing!

Many years ago my pastor preached and shared a word that; ‘When a Big and Great Door of Opportunity pens, Great also is the adversity and resistance that you will suffer, but know that this is of GOD! Do not be moved, do not be shaken, Declare that You will not be brought down covered by his blood! See Grace doesnt care whether you are correct or not, it doesnt care whether you are right or wrong, it seeks to cover and protect you, as a child of God. That is the kind of Grace that will carry me this year and beyond. A grace that fights your battles, a grace that says Not by Might nor by Power, but one that says it is by the spirit of God. A grace that causes you to laugh at such when thrown your way.

I have for a long time believed my life to be like that of David, and so it is for any of us who believe themselves to be with a purpose in their lives, he had an assignment, however there was Soul, who was there to chase him, to become a pain for him. However David loved and knew God, he was the Psalmist, he was in love with God, he walked with God and therefore his ways were established and protected. That is the cry of my heart this year, to be protected and loved of God, to depend on him and know that my existence comes from him. I desire to write my own Psalms inspired by my own walk with God. When we walk the walk of faith and love ‘you will not be shaken, you will not be moved’, rather you press towards the mark of the High Calling, you gain Boldness and will not be afraid to say the Truth.

See success in your life cannot be without those who seem to want to bring you down. Often successful people are fueled by those who seek to take them back, and are fueled to go forward by such as seek to undermine their effort, or those who have jealousy tendencies. That means you have something huge the world does not want you to bring out. Sometimes you are prevented, or blocked, what it means is God is saying ‘this is not your path, or this is just a detour, or there is a better path than you want to be stuck in a non productive place where you are not appreciated, or God is wanting to teach you a lesson maybe of Patience, of Resistance, or of Withstanding Pressure.

One way or the other, for those who are wise there is always a lesson. Do not take it with a failure attitude, but rather sometimes know that your impact is felt which will bring different results from different sections of life. Sometimes you are being taught to introspect as a person, to learn humility, sometimes to be able to address with boldness and truth, guess what, either way you are defining who you are. In all these circumstances, come out and prevail a successful person. Reflect and ask God what this all means.

My declaration which i believe is that, “This is The Year of The Lord’ for me, whatever i have asked God for,i shall get as i have already received. It is the year of Greatness. God is in control. We may go through the fire, we may go through everything, but we prevail successful and strong. One of the Leadership platforms that i’ve been recently taught me that ‘There is nothing called failure, you are simply supposed to learn the lessons and move on’! So when you think from that view point, nothing really is to be afraid of, nothing really can bring you down, Lets Go Forth and WIN!

I will part today with this Scripture; Psalm 23, it is my scripture for the year.

Yours Truly N.!

P/S In this season you shall be hearing more from me as i take this walk.

We Raise our Voices and Speak Against Stripping of Women, No To Abuse!!

Just when we had seen another horror of a woman whose video had circulated being humiliated by her in-laws, Zimbabwe and the rest of the world woke up to the shock of their lives when the video of a lady being stripped by Combi touts/Community Omnibus Touts at 4th Street Terminus circulated on Social Media. It was horrific to watch such inhuman treatment of a woman from grown up men.  We took to the Radios, Press, televisions and Social Media to call on the lady to come forward so that her case would be opened. We also engaged the Police, and other stakeholders to make sure that the case would be treated with the urgency and respect it required.

Now that one person has been arrested in connection with this case, our job is not to be silent. As an individual together with others who are like minded, my job is to remain vigilant, to remain focused to see to it that the rest of the touts get arrested, that we also push for stiffer penalties for the perpetrators. Again many friends have called that we make sure that the lady is prepared for the courts and as TaLI we have also made sure that we provide Psycho Social Support as we continue together in this journey.

As we remain steadfast for the rights of woman and girls, i will take this opportunity to honor those men who are protecting women in their communities. I particularly want to pay tribute to the gentleman who shielded the girl in the video throughout her traumatic experience when she went through the abuse. These are the partners we want to work with. Issues of violence affect all of us both women and men.  In the last week or so we saw many Zimbabwean men frowning and condemning abuse of women, stripping of girls, some ready to come and find the touts themselves. I do hope that this case provides a total change, overhaul in the way women and girls are treated and protected in our societies. This case must show Zimbabwe that every Zimbabwean has the right to choice of expression, a right to choosing what they like to wear, it MUST let people realise that women are human beings just like men, with their own bodily autonomy.

Also as i finish on this piece, want to thank every Zimbabwean, both men and women, who have supported this move as we assisted the lady to come out and report her case. We rose, We help a Press Conference, we went to the radios, to the news papers, meetings were held, partners came together, the police continues to do its work, We support them. I had an opportunity to talk to the lady, she wants justice, justice MUST be done, we support her, Justice must prevail on this case, so that no other woman or girl goes through the similar experience again!

So to the touts, and anyone who is abusive, we say STOP IT! I say STOP IT! Let every human being enjoy their rights without hindrance from anyone. Until next-time dear folks, NO TO VIOLENCE IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SPACES!!

NyaradzoYangu!

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