our partners in zimbabwe
Zimbabwe National Students Union
Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) was established in 1998 and is the largest student organization in the country. Many students in Zimbabwe experience violations of their fundamental rights, and politically active students are at risk of violence, imprisonment and expulsion from their university. ZINASU fights for student’s academic freedom, their right to organize and work towards a more just society. Representing students all over Zimbabwe, ZINASU promotes student’s interests and views to the educational and political authorities. SAIH have been a partner with ZINASU since 2000 and our support focus on building the capacity of the ZINASU secretariat. Follow ZINASU on Facebook.
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) is a human rights organization whose core objective is to promote and protect human rights in Zimbabwe. With support from SAIH, ZLHR stands for the rights of various human rights defenders (HRDs) including students and student leaders, assisting them with legal aid and trainings. The project also aims to ensure students report human rights violations to ZLHR timeously and effectively. In 2019 alone, 28 rights violations on students and workers union leaders were reported and 19 of these cases were taken to court. 2020 is likely to record a higher number given the escalation of persecution of activist and leaders in Zimbabwe. Read more.
Progressive Teachers Union Zimbabwe
Progressive Teachers Union Zimbabwe (PTUZ) is a union for teachers and staff, both at lower level and at colleges. PTUZ was established in 1998 and represent around 15 000 members. The union promote the rights and interest of teachers, for example when it comes to salaries and working conditions. SAIH has partnered with PTUZ since 2010 and support, among other things, their work on research, documentation of rights violations and training of teachers in rights awareness and advocacy. Follow PTUZ on Facebook.
College Lecturers Association of Zimbabwe
College Lecturers Association of Zimbabwe (COLAZ) is an association representing more than 1200 lecturers at 28 different polytechnics, industrial training centres, teachers’ colleges and vocational training colleges in Zimbabwe. The unionization of college teachers in Zimbabwe have been a hard and uphill struggle. Efforts to advocate and lobby on behalf of collage lecturers have been met with targeted attacks on union leadership and union members. SAIH have partnered with COLAZ since 2010 and contribute with funds to support COLAZ’s secretariat and democratic structure, and training of teachers on the inclusion of marginalized groups in higher education. With support from SAIH, the College Lecturers Association of Zimbabwe (COLAZ) have become an important and recognized representative of college lecturers in Zimbabwe. Follow COLAZ on Facebook.
The Education Coalition of Zimbabwe
The Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI) is a network of 49 civil society organisations working within the education sector in Zimbabwe. The coalition unites civil society in the common pursuit of the right to quality, compulsory and free basic education for all, with emphasis on public funded education. ECOZI coordinate and facilitate civil society participation on effective educational policy formulation and implementation. SAIHs partnership with ECOZI started in 2014 and the support from SAIH focus mainly in the inclusion of marginalized groups in higher education. Among other things, SAIH support ECOZIs work on influencing curriculum development in a more inclusive direction. Read more.
Youth Empowerment Transformation Trust
Youth Empowerment Transformation Trust (YETT) is a youth networking organization committed to the full participation of young people in sustainable development, through advocacy and capacity building of youth and youth organizations in Zimbabwe. SAIH have supported YETT since 2013 and are currently cooperating on a regional programme that aims at strengthening student leaders and student organizations in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland). The Program have become a platform where students can come together to acquire advocacy skills, share experiences and strategies, and influence authorities and decision makers with the aim of improving the higher education system and strengthen the rights and academic freedom of students. Read more.
Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe
Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) is the oldest LGBTQIA + organization in Zimbabwe. GALZ work to strengthen LGBTIA+ rights in a country where homosexuality, gender and sexual diversity is practically banned. With support from SAIH, GALZ works with student organizations, teachers' unions and other organizations to make higher education more inclusive and non-discriminatory. The support also goes to research projects and to establish support functions for queer students at universities and colleges. Read more.
Sexual Rights Centre (SRC)
The Sexual Rights Centre (SRC) work to strengthen the rights of LGBTQIA+ people and sex workers in Zimbabwe. With support from SAIH, the SRC works to influence higher education institutions in the city of Bulawayo, with the goal of securing more inclusive campuses. The work is done in collaboration with local student organizations. It was a great victory when the SRC in 2019 signed a Memorandums of Understanding with two universities. SAIH's support also goes to SOGIE-related research and to an academic exchange program between the SRC and a South African research institute. SAIH and SRC have been collaborating since 2012. Read more.
SAYWHAT is a student-based organisation which envisages a Southern Africa where students fully enjoy their sexual and reproductive rights and has access to sexual and reproductive health services. With support from SAIH, SAYWHAT works for a better and more comprehensive sex education in schools, as well as access to SRH services. The project provides leadership training for students and specifically target students in governance structures, female students, students with disabilities, students living with HIV, survivors of sexual harassment and LGBT+ students. Read more.