Durham University

Durham Global Security Institute


End of an Era: Is this an Opportunity for Zimbabwe to Respect Human Rights?

30th January 2018, 17:00 to 18:30, IM102, Al-Qasimi Building, Jestina Mukoko

This talk will explore the situation in Zimbabwe after President Mugabe's removal from power after 37 years in office. Specifically, she will analyse in how far the new administration takes on the opportunity to engage Zimbabweans in dialogue for the benefit of all.

A political scientist from the University of Zimbabwe and a journalist by training, Jestina Mukoko is a former newsreader with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Co-operation. For her steadfastness and commitment Jestina was awarded the 2009 Human Rights Prize of the City of Weimar (Germany) and in 2010 Jestina was honoured with the US Secretary of State International Women of Courage Award for exceptional courage and leadership in advancing women's rights. Prior to directing the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) Jestina worked for the Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust (ZIMCET), an organization that fosters a culture of coexistence and tolerance. Jestina published a memoir in 2016, ‘The Abduction and Trial of Jestina Mukoko: the fight for Human Rights in Zimbabwe’.

Contact lena.s.opfermann@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.