The #BlackWednesday call for women in Zimbabwe to wear all black clothing has gained traction. The call to wear all black is being organised by TsimbaKadzi with the aim of highlighting the wanton abuse of women and to stop the sexual violence being perpetrated by soldiers against women. CYECE MALAWI, an NGO in Malawi tweeted today in support:
As we are aware of the riots in Zimbabwe, the military is abusing and raping a woman. So today is Black Wednesday as a way to speak out against the rising cases of rape. As CYECE staff we agreed to wear black as a sign of solidarity.
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Here are pictures of other organisations and individuals that have supported the call.
Political & sexual violence is unjust and erodes democratic progress. Together with the Zimbabwean people we support rape survivors and urge authorities to investigate and hold the perpetrators accountable in accordance with the constitution. #BlackWednesday #EndGBV #HumanRights pic.twitter.com/I7qbH6rVgJ
— U.S. Embassy Harare (@usembassyharare) January 30, 2019
It’s quite something when the people you are with, are with you and We Are With Our Zimbabwean Sisters & Brothers who experienced acts of sexual and physical abuse during the national shutdown.#TeamMagamba #iSpeakForSis #BlackWednesday #NotOnOurWatch #Solidarity pic.twitter.com/8sqdQib5nB
— King Lo (@LOCHNATION) January 30, 2019
STOP raping our women & girls, message to the ARMY, POLICE and ZANU-PF. Heartbreaking that several women & girls were raped during the crackdown by security forces in Zimbabwe 🇿🇼. @nytimesworld @eNCA #BlackWednesday #ZimbabweAtrocities #ShutdownAtrocities #ZimbabweYadzoka pic.twitter.com/yf566fwpxM
— Victor Chimhutu (@DrVChimhutu) January 30, 2019
Today @CanEmbZimbabwe wore black in solidarity with sexual assault victims in Zimbabwe. Violence against women is never ok! RAPE IS ALWAYS A CRIME! #blackwednesday #enditforgood #nomeansno pic.twitter.com/3m5FX7CFwj
— Canada in Zimbabwe (@CanEmbZimbabwe) January 30, 2019
— Ruvimbo Muchenje (@r_muchenje) January 30, 2019
Rape is always a crime! In solidarity with the victims of sexual violence…..#BlackWednesday #Zimbabwe@advocatemahere @MUSASAZIM @SirNige @nigelchanakira @kubatana @zenzele @NewsDayZimbabwe @UN_Women @DavidColtart @AdultRapeClinic @TeeKayZim @InfoMinZW @euinzim @ShingiMunyeza pic.twitter.com/Ye7QU1kw51
— Dutch Embassy Harare 🇳🇱 (@NLinZimbabwe) January 30, 2019
I am heartbroken at the reports of rape & GBV against women perpetrated by the security forces that are meant to protect the citizens of Zim.Such crimes against humanity have no place in Zim.
— Vimbayi Tsvangirayi Java (MP) (@VTsvangirayi) January 29, 2019
— RAU (@RAUZW) January 30, 2019