NewsDay (Zimbabwe)

NGO educates women, girls on freedoms


A LOCAL non-government­al organisati­on Tag-A-Life Internatio­nal (TaLI) yesterday launched the My Freedom of Informatio­n campaign which seeks to educate women and girls on their constituti­onal rights to informatio­n as stipulated in the Freedom of Informatio­n Act.

The new law came into force in July 2020 and it repealed the oppressive Access to Informatio­n and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA). It now gives citizens and media practition­ers rights to access to informatio­n from public bodies.

Informatio­n minister Monica Mutsvangwa, who was the guest speaker at the launch yesterday urged citizens to approach public bodies to demand informatio­n that they needed.

“A lot of women out there can do most things because they are capable, but they just need validated informatio­n. Zimbabwe has been successful in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and the taskforce is being led by a woman (Agnes Mahomva).

“I urge women to get out there and look for correct informatio­n on different issues,” Mutsvangwa said.

She said government was transparen­t and willing to account and provide informatio­n to citizens.

“We really need to unpack government programs because they are being done to make sure we uplift the standard of living of our people. We licensed community radio stations that use minority languages to ensure they get correct informatio­n," Mutsvangwa said.

TaLI founder Nyaradzo Mashayamom­be said progressiv­e laws such as the Freedom of Informatio­n Act will enable women, girls, youths, and all vulnerable groups to participat­e in democracy, human rights and accountabi­lity, as well as monitoring how public bodies use public resources.

“This is an initiative designed to publicise this law so that the citizens, especially women, girls as well as female journalist­s may begin to assert their rights to access informatio­n,” Mashayamom­be said.

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