Hambira says that as rural areas become a target for government reforms, "farmers have become voiceless." Giving them back their voice is what GAPWUZ is trying to do by helping reduce child labor, by educating members about their rights in the fields and on the farm, by educating workers about HIV/AIDS, and by helping women workers gain a voice in decision-making--and, unfortunately, that's why Hambira and her staff often get arrested.
But GAPWUZ isn't just working to protect the rights of farmworkers in Zimbabwe.
"A few of the chemicals used by horticulturalists are carcinogenic, including some banned or restricted in their countries of origin," says the GAPWUZ
labour union health and safety officer Mr Sammy Chaikosa.