Magazine article New Internationalist

What the UN Means to Jenni Williams

Magazine article New Internationalist

What the UN Means to Jenni Williams

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Jenni Williams

- women's rights activist, Zimbabwe

JENNI WILLIAMS is the National Co-ordinator of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), a pressure group formed in Zimbabwe in 2004. With a membership of over 1,000, WOZA has staged peaceful demonstrations against the Government's infringement of human rights, particularly women's rights. Its members have been arrested, charged and detained under Zimbabwe's notorious Public Order and Security Act. Jenni Williams remains one of the few beacons of hope in a country where no more than lip-service is paid to the freedom of expression and association.

'My view is that the United Nations provides its member countries with a platform for the discussion and hopefully resolution of issues for the betterment of the world,' she says. 'In this way it would seem that the UN has a louder voice in the world; that it helps those without a voice. I believe the role of the UN is not restricted to representing the interests of its members alone, but a larger world community. …

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