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WOZA stated that the organisation will continue to demonstrate as long as children are still being chased from schools and the constant demands for fees, levies, incentives to teachers and other demands continue unabated.
WOZA also noted that despite promises made by the power sharing government, for security sector reform and respect for civil liberties, these have proven to be empty promises.
These are some of the moving scenes captured on DVD by WOZA, Women of Zimbabwe Arise.
On a recent visit to Bulawayo, where WOZA is based, I was privileged to meet with Jenni Williams, co-founder and one of the leaders of the movement.
Several members were forced to eat the paper placards that they had been carrying during the demonstration--some of those read, 'love can bring a brighter day' and 'From WOZA with love'.
The CIO requested that Jenni Williams, the founder of WOZA who was recently recognised by the US State Department with the International Woman of Courage Award, and Magodonga Mahlangu, another WOZA leader, be allowed to be abducted from police custody during the night and killed.
Over the past two years WOZA activists have been repeatedly arrested for engaging in peaceful demonstrations against the worsening economic, social and human rights situation in Zimbabwe.
I prayed to get well quickly so I can continue to do the WOZA work that my stomach is forcing me to do.
These Police in Harare wanted to beat us because we come from Matabeleland but many of the WOZA women arrested are also from Harare.
Matabeleland is also the birthplace of WOZA, an organisation that has over the past two and a half years become a strong national movement.
After the arrest of the 52, only 2 WOZA women remained out of custody, Jenni Williams and Siphiwe Maseko.
WOZA women had agreed that no matter what, the walk was to be completed.