|NED'S DEVILS IN DISGUISE|
“There’s an addictive thing about freedom,” says Jenni Williams (far left) of Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA): When we(CIA/NED) organize our protests and we defy all the unjust laws that are in place and we are in the street holding our placards and marching, we feel like complete, whole citizens and that freedom that we make and demand is so contagious and that makes us feel whole. It makes us feel relevant. Our children see us marching and they realize that freedom is what you demand, what you make of it.
[ed notes:when we organize?you mean when your sponsors NED organize!
She appeared with her WOZA colleague Magodonga Mahlangu (above, right) on today’s National Public Radio’s Tell Me More program.“What keeps me going and what keeps us all as women going is that, for once in our lives in the history of Zimbabwe, we managed to create a platform where we speak with one voice, looking at the needs of a woman, an ordinary person, without looking at which political party we come from,” said Mahlangu. “It’s in our hands. We feel that we’ve empowered ourselves to speak with one voice as women of the nation.”NGOs face a hostile climate in Zimbabwe today, they told the UN’s Kimberley Curtis: Robert Mugabe’s ZANU PF party conference ended with a resolution to “enforce deregistration of errant NGOs deviating from their mandate.”
|JEFFREY T SMITH|
PRIOR POSITION? ''NED''!
Unfortunately there are indications – growing political violence, ongoing corruption, lack of substantive reforms – that it could instead serve as a repeat of 2008. In such a polarized political climate, the role of civil society becomes critical.WOZA and Zimrights are grantees of the National Endowment for Democracy, the Washington-based democracy assistance group.
Hat tip: Jeffrey T. Smith, Africa Advocacy Officer for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.