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Dignity Period

This is Zimbabwe have published an update on the Dignity Period campaign reporting that sanitary towels were seized by the Zimbabwean state security

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The pads were allegedly seized by police and later the dreaded Central Intelligence Organization was drawn into the matter. The ZCTU had given the General Agricultural and Plantation Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ) its allocation of the pads sourced with the help of international partners.

On seizure, the farmworkers were told that the pads had been poisoned by former white commercial farmers, which is a blatant lie as the ZCTU, with the help of international partners and friends sourced for the sanitary ware.

The full story is up at the This is Zimbabwe Blog

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4 Comments

  1. I’ve had the Zimbabwean Women’s Dignity sticker on my blog, quite awhile.

    My computer crashed, so I’ve been less able to respond to comments. This is the best political blog about Africa I know.

  2. Comment by post author

    Sokari

    The point of the post was to UPDATE people who have supported the campaign that the Zimbabwean government is still refusing women access to sanitary towels.I agree it is an excellent example of E-activism and information by a blog and online newsletter.

    I think you meant to say EITHER it is the best political blog ABOUT Zimbabwe in which case I definately agree. OR it is the best political blog IN Africa – again I agree though I see its focus more on social justice, human rights and civil action than on politics – Enough is Enough is more of a political blog.

    However since they do not cover East, West, Central, the Horn, North Africa or even the rest of Southern Africa apart from occassionaly SA when it relates to Zimbabwe, I do not think you can say they are the “best political blog ABOUT Africa”. That statement is misleading. It is misleading on This is Zimbabwe/Sokwanele and it is misleading on Africa as a vast continent consisting of 54 countries plus territories.

    AS far as I am aware there are no blogs that cover the whole continent which frankly is impossible. No one would dream of covering the whole of Europe or Asia on a blog. Bloggers tend to be country, regional or topic focused. There needs to be this distinction when discussing Africa between the continent as a whole and the countries/regions within its land mass. Whether talking about politics, people, culture, corruption, agriculture, industry, and so on.

  3. Thank you, Sokari, for featuring our update on your blog. We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people who have added the button to their blog. And thank you both for the kind words in your comments about our blog.

    Sokari, your comment that our work is more on social justice, human rights and civil action raises an interesting point we frequently have to confront ourselves.

    We strive to be non-partisan and are critical of all or any party that violates our core principles – so in that regard we are ‘not political’.

    ‘Enough is Enough’ blog, which you mention, is different to us in that it more openly adopts one or another political viewpoint, and also openly publishes certain political commentators in Zimbabwe.

    I think though that the Dignity.Period! Campaign – especially with regards our recent update – illustrates perfectly how absolutely every facet of life in Zimbabwe has become politicised and corrupted by bad governance.

    So in that regard, by focusing on issues of social justice, human rights etc as we do, we will always be seen by some to be a highly political group, albeit one that strives to be non-partisan.It’s a confusing, but important distinction to us.

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    Sokari

    Sokwanele@ The distinctions you point out are in important but as you say these issues, social justice, human rights and civic action are all political in the broad sense of the word. It is good we make these clarifications.