ZHRC, human rights, Zimbabwe

Successful Workshop with Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission


RWI’s Zimbabwe human rights capacity development programme recently concluded a series of three thematic workshops with the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC). Over the course of 2018, RWI has worked closely with the ZHRC to strengthen the commission’s capacity in human rights.

The most recent workshop, held on 6-9 November, focused on the human rights of persons in vulnerable situations. It brought together commissioners and staff members engaged in work with vulnerable groups, including children, women, people with disabilities, the elderly and non-nationals.

The sessions provided participants with an overview of the international, regional and national frameworks for the promotion and protection of the human rights of vulnerable groups, as well as developing their monitoring, investigation, and awareness-raising skills.

Commissioner Elasto H. Mugwadi, Chairperson of the ZHRC said that the skills learnt in the workshops would soon be put into practice.

This training could not have come at a better time as we will soon begin a national enquiry on documentation, in which we hope to effectively utilize our newly acquired skills.

Commissioner Mugwadi, added that he was grateful for the engaging discussions from those involved and how looked forward to seeing them again.

On behalf of the ZHRC and myself, I would like to express our most sincere gratitude to our development partners RWI for supporting our workshop. We are also indebted to Dzimbabwe Chimbga, Farai Chiweshe, Choice Damiso and Aliro Omara for leading our discussions in capacity building sessions. I look forward to receiving our colleagues from RWI early next year to increase the indispensable capacity building exercises in some of our specialized operational areas. See you all next year or soon.

RWI’s current cooperation programme in Zimbabwe is financially supported by Swedish Development Cooperation.