AFRICAN WOMEN ROUTE FOR ZIMBABWE AGAINST SANCTIONS BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
Women all-over Africa, under the platform of the Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership Empowerment Foundation in Africa (WAELE AFRICA Foundation), have joined voices with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to condemn in strong terms and call for the lifting of sanctions on the Republic of Zimbabwe by the International Community.
For decades, Zimbabwe has been undergoing the persecution of sanctions from the International Community owing to the inauspicious diplomatic relationship between the Robert Mugabe-led government and the International Community, a situation which has occasioned an elongated deleterious impact, economically and otherwise, not just on Zimbabwe but the entire SADC region.
Recently, the issue of sanctions on Zimbabwe occupied the front burner of discussions during the 39th Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government held in Tanzania in August, 2019 which sought the support of the African Union in the intensification of lobby, particularly at the 74th Ordinary Session of the United Nations General Assembly, to ensure lifting of the sanctions. To that end, SADC declared October 25, 2019 as Anti-sanction Solidarity Day, a day set aside to stand with Zimbabwe in unity and protest against the sanctions.
WAELE AFRICA Foundation construes the sanctions on Zimbabwe as an ideological war which like conventional warfare impacts mostly on women and children, and therefore calls on all well-meaning women, women groups and women-based NGOs in its 52 member-countries to observe the Anti-sanction Solidarity Day in support of not only Zimbabwe but also the 16-member countries that constitute the SADC, particularly now that the country has a new, pro-democratic administration that has unveiled its commitment to fully engage fruitfully with the International Community.