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Archive for July, 2012

Anti-political violence rhetoric

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Friday, July 27th, 2012 by Marko Phiri

So much about what appears to be glib public statements on zero tolerance to political violence: “An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a since interest in prolonging lives of poultry.” George Eliot, 1866

Make a difference in citizen media

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012 by Bev Clark

Get involved with a happening media/information organisation.

Global Voices seeks an Advocacy Director to run its online freedom of expression initiatives. Global Voices Advocacy seeks to build a global anti-censorship network of citizen media and online activists throughout the developing world that is dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and free access to information online.

The goal of the network is to raise awareness of online freedom of speech issues, and to share tools and tactics with activists and citizen media facing censorship and surveillance on different parts of the globe. The network provides support to both the Global Voices advocacy community and to others, produces and promotes educational guides about information technology advocacy, privacy and anonymity, anti-censorship and and anti- surveillance campaigning, and strategies for online organizing. In collaboration with software developers, activists, and citizen media producers, the network also aims to design and promote new and more appropriate tools to protect our rights on the Internet. Finally, the Global Voices Advocacy community focuses on building and supporting the rights of netizens around the world.

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Enlarge your life

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012 by Bev Clark

Perhaps the biggest tragedy in our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns. . . . We may want to love other people without holding back, to feel authentic, to breathe in the beauty around us, to dance and sing. Yet each day we listen to inner voices that keep our life small. – Tara Brach

Senior researcher vacancy in Zimbabwe

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012 by Bev Clark

Work in and for Zimbabwe. Help grow our nation. Check out the vacancies below. If you’d like to receive this sort of information, as well as civic and human rights updates, by email each week drop us a note saying “subscribe” to info [at] kubatana [dot] net

Please note that the job vacancies we carry are related to the NGO and civil society sectors only.

Senior Researcher: Gender Links
Deadline: 17h00 31 July 2012

Contract: 4 months

Gender Links, a Southern African NGO based in Johannesburg specialising in gender, media, women’s rights and governance, seeks the services of an experienced individual to serve as a senior researcher for a period of four months. The main task of the incumbent, who will be based at the Harare Office, will be to provide research and administrative support to the Gender Justice Unit that is carrying out pioneering research on gender violence indicators across the SADC region.

Key performance areas
-Partner relationship management
-Data collection, management, cleaning and analysis
-Administration, monitoring and evaluation
-Production of high quality knowledge and IEC materials
-Writing research reports
-Work with relevant staff teams in dissemination and advocacy strategies for research outputs

-Masters degree in social science, public health or related field
-Minimum 5 years relevant experience in a research environment
-Proficiency in MS Office, SPSS and STATA
-Problem-solving skills
-Excellent written and verbal skills
-Ability to work independently and collaboratively
-Knowledge of the SADC region will be an advantage

General conditions
GL is an equal opportunity employer. A competitive remuneration package will be offered commensurate with the skills and qualifications. Applications must be submitted as soon as possible and latest by 17h00 on Tuesday, 31 July 2012.

A letter of motivation, CVs, references and two samples of written work should be sent to: hr [at] genderlinks [dot] org [dot] za or fax 27 (0) 11- 622 4732. For further enquiries call Vivien Bakainaga on 27 (0) 11 622 2877. Late applications will not be considered. Only short listed and successful candidates will be contacted. GL reserves the right to not appoint anyone.

Zimbabwe’s draft constitution

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by Bev Clark

Read Takura Zhangazha’s view on the constitution making process here

Street art censored during the Olympics

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by Bev Clark

This is a piece of street art created by Banky depicting a missile instead of a javelin, but it might be erased by the authorities … there’s a ban on graffiti during the Olympics.

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