On December 3, Jestina Mukoko—the director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project—was abducted from her home by a group of armed and unidentified men, as reported by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum. She has been active in documenting and reporting the political violence that ensued after the elections in Zimbabwe earlier this year. Her whereabouts are not currently known.
As we talked about last week, women’s organizing in Zimbabwe has represented a powerful voice for change in an extremely difficult and dangerous situation. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders has issued a call for urgent action to protect Jestina Mukoko.
Previous entries in the 16 Days 16 Entries Series:
- Resources on Violence against Women across the Globe
- Women’s Organizing in Colombia
- How Much is a Woman’s Life Worth?
- “One of the Worst Places in the World to Be a Woman”
- On World AIDS Day, Support the Full Range of Women's Human Rights
- Feminist Storytelling
- Defenders Protecting Human Rights with their Lives
- Zimbabwean Women Demand
- Violence against Indigenous Women
- Strange (and Dangerous) Bedfellows
- 16 Days, 16 Entries