Apart from myself, ROHR Zimbabwe was represented by its Founder and President, Ephraim Tapa, the current UK Chairperson, Catherine Tshezi, Vice Secretary, Tapiwa Semwayo, Vice Organising Secretary – Mary Ndoro, Cephas Maswoswa, a member and Mr Arnold Magwanyata. From speaker after speaker, delegates heard how education and awareness campaigns were key to the protection of the unempowered and the dispossessed. We heard numerous examples of educational works being done in countries like
It reminded me of the situation in
As ROHR Zimbabwe we need to join hands with other human rights organisations nationally, regionally and internationally and demand that they be held to account. More educational work needs to be undertaken to conscientise the masses on their rights and the international frameworks available for their protection. Human rights education needs to be part of the primary and secondary schools curriculum in order to inculcate the values of humanity, human dignity and peace from a very young age and remove fear from the citizenry.
It is my belief that ROHR Zimbabwe must keep on fighting for the suppressed, speak for the voiceless and cooperate with other countries to bring about change for the good of mankind.
The following days should see ROHR hold educational workshops for our volunteer activists and engage in exchange programmes with other organisations in order to learn from each other and strengthen our solidarity.