Zimbabwe torture goes on display in Gaborone

The exhibition has been displayed at Livingstone Kolobeng College and Westwood International School. 

Distwahnelo says there are plans to extend the exhibition to other schools next year. Approximately 600 students visited the exhibition and engaged in group discussions on Zimbabwe, and Botswana and their role as responsible citizens, the release from the organisation says.

The mobile exhibition is based on the life stories of children who have fled from their homes because of the socio-political and economic turmoil in Zimbabwe.  The children, whose stories form the basis of the exhibition, will be in attendance on December 10 and perform a play about their experiences., according to a release from Ditshwanelo.

Named The Children’s Voices, the exhibition will coincide with the International Human Rights Day, and will be held at The Trinity Church Hall, Main Mall, at 6 pm.

Education and Skills Development Minister Pelenomi Venson-Moitoi will officially open the exhibition, says Ditshwanelo.

The highlights of the exhibition will be the screening of a DVD and a panel discussion on violence against women earlier on Thursday at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).

The DVD, Hear us, features the stories of women affected by political violence in Zimbabwe. While this DVD features Zimbabwean women affected by political violence, it is relevant for Botswana as these women are seeking justice not only in Zimbabwe, but also from the wider Southern African Development Community (SADC), the release from Ditshwanelo says. 

Fungisai Maisva, a research officer on The Women’s Project at the Research and Advocacy Unit [RAU] in Zimbabwe, is among the panelists who will discuss the state of violence against women and children after the screening of the DVD.

The Women’s Project focuses on the documentation of human rights violations perpetrated against women in Zimbabwe in the last decade.

Tebatso Menyatso, a policy maker working for the government of Botswana, is scheduled to present on advances made by government in dealing with violence against women and existing gaps in Government policy, while Joyce Andersen, Chairperson of Emang Basadi, will discuss the issue of violence against women in Botswana. Mmegi