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Roses to support the human rights of the women of Zimbabwe

    February 10, 2011

    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.

    Despite the arrests and beatings that they have endured, WOZA members continue to pursue their agenda of strategic non-violence, and they live by the slogan: "the power of love can conquer the love of power."

    Where: Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe
                    332 Somerset Street West
     
    When:  Thursday, February 10, 2011   2:00 p.m
     

    Lindsay Mossman
    Campaigner
    Amnesty International Canada
    lmossman@amnesty.ca
    613-744-7667 ext. 243