Human Rights Project concludes with Harare Gardens Photographic Exhibition

Harare – The Zimbabwe Association of Female Photographers (ZAFP) in association with HIVOS, The Royal Netherlands Embassy and other partner organizations unveil a series of Human Rights advocacy poster images in the capital today.

The issues surrounding Human Rights in Zimbabwe are the focus of many projects, organizations and individuals at the moment due to the fact that many Zimbabwean laws have not yet been aligned with our new Constitution. ‘Human Rights’ involves a variety of concerns including child labour, environmental rights, freedom of expression, equality and non-discrimination and women’s rights.

A group of 7 member photographers and 3 associate members have produced a series of images to be used in posters promoting access to basic Human Rights in Zimbabwe.  These posters will be given to various stakeholders who, it is hoped, will use the posters in their various endeavours.

Participating photographers include journalists Annie Mpalume and Tsitsi Ndabambi, professional photographers Henry Hakulandaba, Steven Chikosi, Khumbulani Mpofu, Mana Meadows, Stella Saburi, Nancy Mteki and Yvonne Pinkas and artist Kresiah Mukwazhi.

ZAFP was started in 2013 by Cynthia Matonhodze, Davina Jogi, Angela Jimu and Nancy Mteki,a group of Zimbabwean photographers with varied photographic backgrounds, to help encourage professional development and empower women in the photographic community.

Angela Jimu says of this project, “we [ZAFP] strive to contribute to projects for social change using journalism as an advocacy tool.”

The exhibition is funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy through HIVOS Zimbabwe and is the final part of a larger project entitled ‘Survivors and Activists.’