Rights activists honoured

Popular human rights activist, Florence Mashu, was honoured last week for championing the rights of Zimbabwean refugees.

The Soweto-born woman was honoured at an event to commemorate the 16 days of Activism against abuse of women and children that was organised by Zimbabwe Exiles Forum.

The organisation paid tribute to Mashu, who over the years has assisted Zimbabwean nationals in a number of ways. Mashu received a glittering trophy for her efforts.

She first shot to prominence in 2008 when she smuggled bread into Zimbabwe to feed women and children. Mashu also encouraged Zimbabwean women to resist harassment by state security forces.

ZEF also paid tribute to the Soweto Concerned Residents and Alexandra’s Randzani Babadzali for the role in championing the rights of migrants here.

ZEF organised the symposium to run concurrently with the last two days of the 16 Days of Activism against abuse of women and children. The aim of the symposium was to create a platform to undertake activities that lead to a safe and secure migrant community of women and children.

The organisation’s executive director, Gabriel Shumba, said they aimed to hold such a symposium in different provinces in South Africa.

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