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Reflections for the field: Day 5

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Reflections for the field: Day 5

By: Dr. Florence Baingana

The stories are beginning to come back the same. There is stigma in the community towards those who return from the treatment units or who return from the Holding Centers. Many of them come back to find they are have been evicted from their homes, their property is destroyed or thrown away or stolen,

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Reflections for the field: Day 6

By: Dr. Florence Baingana

The people I wanted to train wanted me to do it on Saturday and Sunday, plus the ones from the field wanted to work Sunday, so I did not get that one-day to recoup and reorganise. They are all targeting another training that begun yesterday. That is the nature of these emergencies.

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Reflections for the field: Day 7

By: Dr. Florence Baingana

Today, we had six people training for the Community Dialogues. The training went well, they really appreciated it and felt that it was good that it was being carried. The participants themselves raised the issue that if something is not done about what the causes of the conflicts were,

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Reflections for the field: Day 8

By: Dr. Florence Baingana

Today’s reflections I would call “A Tale of Two Towns”, if it was a chapter in a book. Today we went with the 6 MHCs that were trained yesterday to set up the Community Sociotherapy Groups. We began with Dolo’s Town. This was my first time there, since I was training when the RAs came.

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Reflections for the field: Day 10

By: Dr. Florence Baingana

The lady who had lost her Uncle whom she was very close to then explained her issue. What disturbs her most is that he could not get a decent burial. She says that is preying on her mind. The fact that all the rituals were not carried out, such as sitting on the mat,

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These Women: Zimbabwe’s neglected sports champions

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By: Grace Chirumhanzu

Kirsty Coventry, the Zimbabwean swimmer, flew out of the London empty-handed after the 2012 Summer Olympics, having had the courage to compete after suffering from pneumonia. She had haplessly trailed an American teenage sensation who, not only broke the world record Coventry had set, but was a pacesetter who denied Coventry a podium finish in a style she is strong in—the 200m backstroke.

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What Happens when Young Women Mobilize and Organize

We would like to congratulate one of our grantees, the Zimbabwean girl-led organization Katswe Sistahood, one of 20 recipients of the With and For Girls Award, a global initiative to support remarkable local organizing.

Katswe Sistahood, which was selected from a pool of 125 nominees, received the award on Monday November 16, 2015 in London,

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ICT and Violence against Women

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How misogyny is replicated across the “digital divide” in the development narrative

By: Anthea Taderera

As part of the Africa rising narrative, we are continuously told about the importance of ICTs in development, and how key it is that African women get a piece of the internet pie both in terms of access to information and in terms of knowledge production and curating.

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