Sunday, 14 May 2017

"Dislocation LEADS to Dysfunction"

According to the bible, Jesus parents attended a festival in Jerusalem every Year known as the feast of Passover at the age of 12, his parents attended this festival with
him in Jerusalem. When they were returning from the festival, he stayed in Jerusalem without his parents' knowledge. After traveling for A DAY, the parents noticed that he was not with them so they decided to go back to search him in Jerusalem.They found him after three days search. 
Just imagine at this time technology wasn’t yet available no any form of the announcement could be made on television, radio or mobile phone message. They, later on, found him, and it is said that he was in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding with his answers.’’ (Luke 2:46, NIV)
His parents both angry and amazed asked him:  Son why have you treated us like thisYour FATHER and I have been anxiously searching for you.’’
Luke 2:48 NIV
As young as he was he gave an answer that shocked everyone who was around: he said,“Why were you searching for me?’’ He asked. Didn’t you know I had to be in my father’s house?” (Luke 2:49, NIV)  
Talking of spending time pursuing his vision in life, which he called his father’s business at the age of 12.  Jesus was not found playing soccer or (tsoro) at the playgrounds. He was with religious leaders not playing silly games or kids games but as a moderator in a discussion for three days and looked very comfortable.   

Every living thing has its kind of environment or place that will enable it to perform its specific function, I will give an example of a crocodile if you put a crocodile outside water it will not be able to attack the same way it attacks when it’s in water, same applies to fish, when you take fish out of water you have weakened it and it won’t be able to survive, it wiggles on the ground and dies.
What happens if you put a rabbit in the same water it will just drown to death what causes one to die it's what causes one to survive, water can cause a rabbit to die but it can cause a fish to survive. What am I trying to say here? We function best when we locate ourselves where we are best suited

Let your aspirations influence the places you go. Are you dreaming of becoming a great soccer star? The simple art to realize this is you need to find yourself loving the football pitch, also following great footballers history , spend time reading magazines with their profiles, how they spend their time even with their families, this doesn’t necessary mean you are going to copy their style of living NO, but you need inspiration for you to create your style and unique way in the journey of pursuing your dream. Everyone has their place of vision fulfillment some belong to the football pitch to become great footballers, some to farming fields for them to become great farmers and so on. Find yourself at the right place that will activate your energy and enable you to realize your dream. TBC...

From the upcoming Book "The Art Of Realising Your Dream" Abel Mavura.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

The Domestic Violence Act (Zimbabwe)

 The Domestic Violence Act (Zimbabwe)was promulgated in 2006 and gazetted in 2007. The Act was put in place to “make provision for the protection and relief of victims of domestic violence and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing” (Zimbabwe 2006). Section 3 of the Act (Zimbabwe 2006, subsection 1) defines domestic violence as any unlawful act, omission or behavior which results in death or the direct infliction of physical, sexual, or mental injury to any complainant by a respondent and includes the following: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional, verbal and psychological abuse, economic abuse, intimidation, harassment, stalking, forcible entry into the complainant’s residence where the parties do not share the same residence, depriving the complainant or hindering the complainant from access to or a reasonable share of the use of the facilities associated with the complainant’s place of residence.

A victim of domestic violence may report the violence to a police officer, who, according to Section 5 of the Act (Zimbabwe 2006) advises the complainant of the right to apply for relief under the Act and the right to lodge a criminal complaint against the perpetrator. Where the police officer suspects that a crime has been committed, is being committed or is threatened, he or she may arrest the respondent without warrant. The victim or his or her representative may apply for an interim protection order or a protection order for relief from abuse. A protection order is a document that a magistrate signs and is aimed at protecting the complainant from serious or substantial harm or discomfort or inconvenience, whether physical, emotional or economic.

The Act was a major accomplishment that acknowledged the seriousness of violence against women in Zimbabwe. Prior to the establishment of the Act, there had not been any law in Zimbabwe that specifically addressed domestic violence (Osirim [2003] in Makahamadze, Isacco&Chireshe 2011:3; Tichagwa 1998:66). The enactment of the Domestic Violence Act implies that domestic violence is being taken as a public affair that requires public prosecution.

Friday, 13 November 2015

“Documentation and Public dialogue an important route to address Violence against Women”

“Documentation and Public dialogue an important route to address Violence against Women”
Emmanuel Manyati

A short film 'MARGINALIZED WOMEN IN JEOPARDY' was screened at17:30 at the Alliance France in Harare during the Women Arts Festival (WAFEST) by Young Voices Network.
 The film by Emmanuel Manyati gives an account of the incredible gender-based atrocities experienced by women and girls in Hoyuyu Resettlement areas of Mutoko, the area breaks the record on rape cases and child marriages in Zimbabwe.In that film, a traditional chief openly draws a red line against gender equality.
Violence against women is an obstacle to the achievement of objectives of equality, development, and peace. It violates and impairs or nullifies the enjoyment by women of their human rights and fundamental freedom. The long-standing failure to protect and promote those rights and freedom in the case of violence against women is a matter of concern. 

Most cases of violence against women in Mutoko derives essentially from cultural patterns, in particular, the harmful effects of certain traditional or customary practices. Lack of or inadequate documentation and research on domestic violence, sexual harassment, and violence against women in private and in public, impede efforts to design specific intervention strategies. In addressing violence against women, governments and other actors should promote an active and visible policy of mainstreaming a gender perspective in all policies and programs so that before decisions are taken an analysis may be made of their effects on women and men, respectively. 

In an interview with this writer, Emanuel explains more about his short film and what pushed him to come up with this film. "Tradition should be a guide not a jailer", he said. Globally many countries are willing to change, having signed the 1979 UN Convention on the elimination of all forms of Discrimination against women and, more recently 2000, the UN millennium goal of empowering women and combating discrimination. Helping countries improve gender equality and ending violence against women is not only important but an international commitment as well. 

There is need to start investing in better information and high-quality data. Providing forums to reveal people's experiences with local customs and laws will have important effects, it will help improve the information that is available on the situation of women around the world. It is important to foster dialogue with the public to promote Gender Equality and address gender-based Violence.

By Abel Mavura

Thursday, 5 November 2015

"Vision Commitment and Action for Young Women Empowerment"

||James Suriwiecki (2004) argued that it is often the case that the many are smarter than the few.||

 I had an interactive planning process to enable diverse of views from selected potential leaders of the Young Urban Women Project (Movement) Ghana a project by Action Aid Ghana, NORSAAC and The Ark Foundation which has 2000 young women selected from Greater Accra and Tamale the Northen Region. The Project is also being implemented in India and South Africa under the theme of "Young Women's Life choices and livelihoods in Poor Urban Areas"
Action Aid is currently implementing this project with a focus on young women's economic rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights in these cities. The research and experience gained through a baseline study that was conducted reaffirm the need for an integrated approach to working with young women.

The objectives of the meeting were to get the whole system in the room for vision, commitment, and Action, coming up with a strategic plan, identify opportunities, strengths, weaknesses, and threats of the movement.
I also managed to apply the Future Search Model to review the past experiences of the project since 2013 from different perspectives, we mapped the present and identified common ground and developed action plans for the Movement, the model helped us to identify the KEEPS, DROPS, PROUD and SORRIES of the project which will guide the movement on its work.

The young women contributed on the objectives of the movement, Aim, vision, areas of focus/ issues to be considered by the movement, Leadership and membership structures that they want for their movement, key thematic areas to be campaigned and advocated for with much emphasis on mainstreaming of HRBA since it encourages strategies that are empowering, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and using in synergy of both top-down and bottom approaches .
Their effective participation made the process easy to undertake, besides inspiring them I am also inspired.
It is important to note that forums for building capacities of young women to take leadership at the individual and collective level for economic and social empowerment are crucial to have a committed number of women to lead the way to change attitudes, behaviors, and policies around gender, violence against women, reproductive health and rights and leadership. BY ABEL MAVURA
A presentation on Group's purpose "Bashari"

Young Urban Women during group discussion on the Movement

Young women capturing views and contributions in groups for presentation

Abel Mavura and Young Urban Women Movement Leaders

Future search Model presentation by Abel Mavura

Friday, 30 October 2015

Ending Corruption Anas Aremeyaw Anas By STRIVE MASIWA

Ending Corruption Anas Aremeyaw Anas  By STRIVE MASIWA

__Ending corruption: It only takes one brave person.
Sometimes just one person trying to do the right thing can change the course of history.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas of Ghana is an undercover investigative journalist with a focus on exposing corruption, exploitation and human rights abuses. Last month his work changed the course of Ghanaian history when he released an anti-corruption film called Ghana in the Eyes of God, Epic of Injustice.
“The most powerful weapon against corruption is transparency and exposure,” says Anas, who was born in the late 1970s and first trained as a lawyer. He says the aim of his life’s work is to “name, shame and jail” people who hurt others and break the law.
Released in late September, Anas’ new three-hour documentary has led to the shocking suspension of seven of Ghana’s 12 High Court judges and 22 lower court judges who were secretly filmed in an alleged judicial bribery and corruption scandal which Anas investigated for about two years.
Money, sex, yams and even a goat were among the alleged pay-offs. In exchange, many robbers, murderers, drug dealers, rapists and others allegedly received shortened sentences or went free.
Anas notably works undercover, usually wearing disguises and pretending to engage with “bad people” who he then tries to film committing crimes.
__People rarely see his face. Even when he gives public talks about his work or receives awards, he hides it.
Could corruption charges against these judicial officials be true?
Ghanaians are now waiting for rule of law to take its course -- for all parties concerned. What seems to have come to light through Anas’ brave undercover work is 500 hours of raw footage of judicial corruption in action, allegedly involving some 180 judicial officials – judges, magistrates, court clerks, policemen, state attorneys and bail contractors!
In trying to block the screening of Anas’ whistle-blowing film, one High Court judge ironically argued that showing the film “brings the authority and administration of the law into disrespect and disrepute…”
Each of the seven implicated high court judges has been give a week between now and 11 December to appear before a special Chief Justice Committee. Anas will also appear for cross-examination, and some defendants have demanded that he remove his disguise when in court.
___The five-member Committee has contended this week that Anas is protected by the Whistle Blower’s Act. As such, he must not be unmasked and is also covered by immunity.
While not his first choice, Anas says he believes working in disguise is necessary, given the powerful and sometimes dangerous subjects of his investigations.
Acknowledging his own fear and the hazards of doing the work he does, Anas advises, “You’ve got to take intelligent decisions… If you don’t, you will end up losing your life.” (He usually works with a backup team of private investigators).
Notwithstanding the risks, Anas says he and all professional journalists have the responsibility to keep the public informed about activities affecting the health of their democracies, and their own personal lives. Colleagues say his work is driven by the belief that it is corruption that is holding Africa back.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas, I salute you.
Image Credit: TED Conference