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Psychosocial Support Forum (PSS)

The Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) is a nonprofit organisation working to lessen the devastating social and emotional (psychosocial) impact of poverty, conflict, HIV and AIDS among children and youth across East and Southern Africa. You can download our Strategy 2011-2015 and our Annual Report from our downloads section.

REPSSI is hosting a forum under the theme 'Love, Care and Protection – from infancy to adolescence' on 1 - 3 September 2015 in Zimbabwe.  

Call for UN to Boycott UNWTO in Zimbabwe

An international non-governmental organisation that monitors the performance of the United Nations (UN), UN Watch, has called for a boycott of the upcoming UN tourism meeting being hosted by Zimbabwe this month.

UN Watch monitoring group, which has called for a high level boycott of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly begins on 26 August 2013, with Zimbabwe and Zambia co-hosting the globally significant event.

Mugabe Slam Opposition Parties, Gays

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has accused his political rivals of wanting to ‘bring back the white people’ and criticised gay rights ahead of that country’s elections.
 
Mugabe, who attacked gay marriage because it is ‘alien to Africa’, appealed to thousands of members of a church in Eastern Marange to support his bid for re-election after 33 years in power.
 

First Climate Change Symposium Ends

The first Climate Science Symposium of Zimbabwe which sought to create a platform for stakeholders to share knowledge and experience on climate change-related issues at the local, regional and international level ended on 22 June 2013.

The three-day symposium, which was held under the theme ‘Life in a changing environment’, brought together weather experts, academics, non-governmental organisations, government and other community-based organisations to discuss a wide range of issues on climate change.

Zimbabweans Urged to Resolve Election Row

The African Union Commission says Zimbabweans themselves must resolve a row over President Robert Mugabe's decision to call an election on 31 July 2013.

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court ordered Mugabe two weeks ago to hold the poll by the end of July, but Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, has rejected his rival's declaration, saying it was too early and accusing him of creating a political crisis.

NGO Voter Education Scam Exposed

The Zimbabwean government is considering restricting voter education to political parties after unearthing nefarious dealings aimed at manipulating the process by some non-governmental organisations engaged to undertake the initiative.

One such organisation, the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa contracted by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has incorporated information carrying political messages favouring certain parties.

Zim Authorities block Youth Voter Registration

Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change’s efforts to get first-time voters to register are being undermined by a concerted effort from the authorities, who are cracking down on individuals and groups seen mobilising youths to register.
 
On 5 May 2013, police arrested three volunteers from the Election Resource Centre (ERC) for carrying out activities under the group's popular 1st Time Voter Generation campaign, which encourages young people to register as voters.
 

Zim Approves Draft Constitution

Zimbabwe's lower house of parliament has approved a draft constitution endorsed in a March 2013 referendum, paving the way for new elections.

The draft constitution takes away the president's immunity after leaving office, bolsters the power of the courts and sets up a peace and reconciliation commission tasked with post-conflict justice and healing.

It also limits a president's tenure to two five-year terms, curtails presidential powers and abolishes the post of prime minister.

NGO to Amplify Women’s Voices

Edinah Masanga, who worked as a journalist for a decade, has launched the Women Empowerment Foundation Scribes Africa (WEFSA) in Zimbabwe in a bid to amplify women's voices.

Masanga notes that women are still seen as a minority in journalism worldwide and that they all go through the same experiences, including unethical practices such as sexual harassment, discrimination, while exclusion continues to be a challenge for women in this profession.

UNDP Official Criticised Over Cholera in Zim

The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) new resident coordinator in South Africa has come under fire for his role in Zimbabwe's disastrous cholera outbreak in 2008.

It is alleged that due to the warm relations between Agostinho Zacarias, the former UNDP chief in Harare and ZANU-PF in 2008, the UN in 2008 ignored internal cholera warnings months before an outbreak that claimed more than 4 000 lives.

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