Fair-trade roses will be delivered to the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe on Thursday, February 10th at 2pm, in advance of Valentine’s Day, to call for the protection of women’s human rights defenders in Zimbabwe.
Every Valentine’s Day, members of the organization Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) march in the streets of Bulawayo and Harare to call for peace and justice. Formed in 2003, WOZA has over 35,000 members in Zimbabwe. They engage in peaceful protest to demand access to education, food, and health care, and an end to oppression. They hand out paper roses, calling on the government for change. And every year in response to their peaceful protest, WOZA members are beaten, harassed, detained and tortured.
Amnesty International members across Canada will take action to support WOZA on Valentine’s Day. In Ottawa, Alex Neve, Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada, along with representatives of Oxfam Canada, will attempt to deliver fair-trade roses, donated by Canadians, to the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe, to call for peace, justice and the protection of women’s human rights defenders.