ZimPAS Highlights – April 9, 2015

Key Highlights

Thanks to all the individuals who participated in the social media chat with Ambassador Wharton on Thursday. You can read part of the discussion on Facebook and follow the hashtag #USZimExchanges on Twitter catch up.

The United States Embassy will support the participation of the Grammy-nominated Hawaiian musical outfit The Beauty of Hawaiian Guitar, featuring Keola Beamer, Jeff Peterson, and Moanalani Beamer, at this year’s Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) scheduled for April 28-May 3. The group is travelling to Zimbabwe under the theme “Aloha meets Ubuntu” and they will collaborate with local culture groups to create the Aloha Zimbabwe Project.

It’s now over a month since the initial reports of the forced disappearance of Zimbabwean civil society activist Itai Dzamara. The United States remains concerned about Mr. Dzamara’s whereabouts and wellbeing.

The United States is proud to be the world’s single largest financial supporter of humanitarian mine action and we share common cause with those working to address the harmful effects of indiscriminately used landmines on civilians. The U.S. has provided more than $7.1 million to Zimbabwe over the last 18 years to clear and safely dispose of landmines and unexploded ordinance. These efforts have resulted in improved access to land and infrastructure.

On Our Calendar

Tuesday, April 14, 2015: 3 pm – Food for Thought “Beijing +20 reflections and what it means for African Women” / presentation facilitated by Grace Ruvimbo Chirenje and Gloria Chishambwa from Zimbabwe Young Women’s Network for Peace Building and Talent Jumo from Young Women’s Leadership Initiative. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.

Thursday, April 16, 2015: 5:30 pm – ZUSAA-Mandela Washington Chapter Reflects on Zimbabwe’s 35th Independence Anniversary through a youth-focused discussion themed  “Zimbabwe at 35: How can the Born Free Generation Play a Part in the Country’s Development?” Panel consists of Mandela Washington Fellows Taurai Chinyamakobvu, Tayson Mudariki, Sharlene Moyo, and IVLP Alumnus Takura Zhangazha as the Discussant.  Venue: Book Cafe Restaurant Corner Samora Machel and 6th Street in Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015: 3 pm  “Toward a Green Economy in Zimbabwe: Opportunities for mainstreaming sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles” / presentation facilitated by Tawanda Collins Muzamwese, Chief Sustainability Consultant, Toxiconsol Consultancy. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.

Thursday, April 23, 2015: 5:30 pm – ZUSAA-Mandela Washington Chapter takes the  Reflects on Zimbabwe’s 35th Independence Anniversary through a youth-focused discussion themed  “Zimbabwe at 35: How can the Born Free Generation Play a Part in the Country’s Development?” Panel consists of MWF Emmanuel Ndlovu, Busi Ndlovu, and Addi Mavengere. The discussant will be IVLP Alumnus Rodrick Fayayo. Venue: TBC in Bulawayo. Admission is Free.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015: 3 pm – “Intellectual Property: What every entrepreneur should know” / presentation facilitated by Rudo Nyangulu, Stimulus Entrepreneurial Hub; and Edith Utete, Information Communication Technology and Family laws at B. Matanga IP Attorneys. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.

Deadline – April 30, 2015 – The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section is now accepting applications for the 2016 Fulbright Junior Staff Development Program.  This program will award scholarships to Zimbabwean university faculty for advanced degree in the United States.  The Fulbright Junior Staff Development Program is the largest Fulbright program with Africa and is designed primarily to strengthen African universities through higher degree training.

We appreciate your feedback. Until we meet again on Friday, we wish you a pleasant long weekend and a great week ahead!

Karen Kelley, Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Harare