In August 2011, Kudakwashe Chitsike, human rights lawyer from the Zimbabwean organisation Reserach and Advocacy Unit visited Copenhagen. At a series of events, she addressed Danish citizens, development practitioners and politicians to emphasise the need for international support for Zimbabwe’s women.
At an international conference on Women and the Millennium Development Goals, discussions about political violence contributed to broadening the discussions and perceptions of women’s role in relation to sustainable development. When political violence prevents women from meaningful participation, the strategies for achieving the MDGs are bound to miss out on the important perspectives and needs of women.
Kudakwashe also spoke at the afternoon debate meeting Political- and Gender Based violence
against women in fragile states together with leading Civil Society representatives and researchers in Denmark. During her stay in Denmark she also met with politicians and other development organizations who were very interested in supporting the campaign. She also spoke at a film screening event after showing her two documentaries about politically motivated violence.
Read more about Kudakwashe’s analysis and work in Peter Kenworthy’s article.