Men’s symposium on ending child marriages

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Debate on Harare’s wetlands

Event Postponed

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Training in citizen journalism

Magamba Network is looking for new recruits in its Training of Trainers programme which starts on the 19th of February. The participants will be given monthly workshops on new media and citizen journalism by top practitioners in the country. Participants must have access to a laptop. These workshops are free but spaces are limited. To sign up email: kalabasheditorial [at] gmail [dot] com for more information

Describe yourself in five words?
Adventurous, Creative, Naughty, Nurturing, Compassionate.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I resist a lot of the advice I am given because I am very stubborn but only for a while. Off the top of my head though, I’d say, ‘Be loving’. My mother said this to me because I can be so rough around the edges and protective of my heart that I keep all of me to myself.

What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever done?
Slap a poor boy in Grade 5 because he wrote me a love letter. How dare he!

What is your most treasured possession?
This is a very difficult question since I do not really believe I own anything. I have seen how ‘possessions’ can pass so quickly from one’s hands that I came to the conclusion that I am a temporary steward of whatever comes my way.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being unable to provide for the ones you love and seeing their hunger and desperation and feeling powerless to change their situation.

Do you have any strange hobbies?
I have conversations by myself and have to literally snap myself out of them. I devote time to imagining scenarios that may never happen. I used to take long walks by myself in the bush just to see how freaked I would get. I like sitting in the dark. I do a ridiculous amount of reading on the supernatural.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My boobs! My teeth! People laugh at my toes. Otherwise I look fab! (I think).

What is your greatest extravagance?
Books, canvas takkies, socks, cuddles, potato crisps.

What have you got in your fridge?
Chicken, chicken, chicken, mixed veggies, half pack of shrimp, lemon, archer, dressing, broccoli, cucumber, cheese, onion, tomato, water, juice.

What is your greatest fear?
Not realising my dreams in my mother’s lifetime. I would love for her to see me become the person I know I am meant to be.

What have you got in your pockets right now?
Phone, loose change, earphones, tissue paper, lip-gloss. (I hate handbags and purses).

What is your favourite journey?
I love road tripping and thus far, my first trip to Mozambique, though fraught with difficulties is my favourite. That is when I caught my first glimpse of the sea.

Who are your heroes in real life?
I don’t have constant ones; one always gets replaced by another as their story fades into the back roads of my experiences. But people, who have managed to look past race, learnt another person’s language, culture, and looked past inherent human failings and frailties and built hate defying relationships, those are my heroes. They have taken the first real step toward Ubuntu.

When and where were you happiest?
There hasn’t been one moment but I will give you two. First, when I look back at my childhood wishing to be young again with no responsibility and realising that even then, life was not without problems but I had the ability to shun the pain that came with that knowledge. And when I met people who understood me and shared my experience of being an anomaly in their respective families and communities.

What’s your biggest vice?
Wanting love.

What were you like at school?
Quiet yet strongly opinionated, withdrawn, a bully in later years, naughty, resisted authority, quietly though a teacher’s pet sometimes, resisted being in authority as well. Oh my.

What are you doing next?
After filling this out, watching an episode of Scandal/The Fixer and then to bed I go. I am a night owl.

How to stop spot fines

We were given a copy of a transcript of a telephone conversation between a Harare resident and the COH . . . this was back in 2006 – what’s changed?

Q: What is the update on the water situation in Chisipite?
A: The water level in Greendale is very low.

Q: Well, we all know that, but it’s been ten days. Everyday I phone and everyday you say you are pumping, and that we should have water “tomorrow”.
A: We are pumping, but you will not have water today.

Q: I am told the pumps broke about 6 years ago, but that they are “being fixed”.
A: Yes, but we have only one pump as the ones they are fixing keep tripping

Q: Why don’t you find someone who actually knows how to fix the pump?
A: Yes, that a good point.

Q: I was told two days ago that areas like Marlborough, Hatfield, etc etc had been shut off to pump water to our area.
A: That is correct, but they now those areas have turned back on.

Q: But we still have no water here.
A: That is correct, but we are pumping.

Q: But if you are pumping everyday, even with one pump, why is the level not rising?
A: Because we only have one pump.

Q: But every morning and evening when I ring, the levels have dropped even further. If you are pumping where is the water going?
A: I told you, we only have one pump.

Q: But even with one pump pumping water, the level should rise, not drop.
A: Yes, but we only have one pump.

Q: I’m finding this hard to follow. Explain to me how, when you are pumping water into a reservoir, it continually drops to empty – where is the water going?

A: I told you; we only have one pump pumping water in.
Q: I give up!

Orange Week – Donate to KidzCan

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News Release from: Women And Law In Southern Africa – Zimbabwe
3 February 2015

Harare: On Wednesday 11 February 2015, the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe will hear arguments on a case concerning an HIV-positive nurse who is taking her employer to court for violating her confidentiality and dismissing her because of her HIV-status.

“Discrimination against HIV-positive women like the applicant is rife in Zimbabwe. This case will test how far the new Constitution will go in protecting the rights of women who are living with HIV in Zimbabwe” says Slyvia Chirawu, the National Director of Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust  (WLSA – Zimbabwe), which is assisting the applicant.

What: The Zimbabwe Constitution Court will hear argument in a case about the rights HIV-positive employees in M v St Anne’s Hospital and Others

Where: Constitutional Court, Harare, Zimbabwe
When: 9:30am, Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The applicant is an HIV-positive nurse and single mother. She alleges that her employer unlawfully forced her to disclose her HIV-status and dismissed her because of her status. She argues that her employer’s conduct violated her constitutional rights to privacy and not to have her health status disclosed, to human dignity, and to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment. Her employer denies that it forced her to disclose her HIV-status or that it violated her rights. “HIV-positive workers have the right not to be forced to disclose their HIV-status and not to be dismissed because of their status. These are important protections, particularly for women living with HIV who are especially vulnerable to the consequences of discrimination,” says Annabel Raw, HIV Project Lawyer from the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, which is assisting in the case.

The applicant is represented by Advocate Fadzai Mahere instructed by Kwenda and Associates Legal Practitioners.

Please Note: The applicants’ name and identity not be disclosed in the media to protect her from further disclosure of her HIV-status.