ZimPAS Highlights – February 27, 2015

Key Highlights

  • On February 24, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that career diplomat Randy Berry will be the first special envoy for the human rights of LGBT persons, with the task of ending violence and discrimination against them. “Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally — the heart and conscience of our diplomacy,” Kerry said.
  • Local poets will this Saturday afternoon showcase their talents at the Civil Rights Street Bash Poetry Party – on Harare’s First Street Mall. The event will feature poetry recitals dedicated to black people who sacrificed their lives to fight white supremacy and black inferiority. The celebrations are being spearheaded by the Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights (ZPHR).
  • The Voting Rights Act specifically outlaws the barriers previously imposed by some states to stop African Americans from voting. In keeping with the spirit of the civil rights movement, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the State Department supports democracy programs around the world, including election monitoring and parliamentary development.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama delivered remarks at “Celebrating Women of the Movement,” an event honoring Black History Month on February 20th. The event featured a panel of intergenerational women who have played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement – both past and present.

On Our Calendar

  • Saturday, February 28th 2015, 2 pm- Black History Month- Civil Rights Street Bash Poetry Party- public performance in First Street in Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  •  Saturday, February 28, 11 am– Do you have a first degree and professional experience and are interested in furthering your education with a Masters, MBA or PhD degree in the US?  Don’t miss this free workshop on Applying for Graduate Studies in the U.S. Speaker: Rebecca Zeigler Mano, EducationUSA Country Coordinator. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Admission: Free.
  • Saturday, February 28th 2015; 7 pm: Don’t miss the FREE hip hop dance and music show featuring Next Level from the United States at the Book Café in Harare. The NextLevelUSA, a hip hop academy that focuses on hip hop as a tool for social empowerment, conflict resolution, and development of entrepreneurship skills for artists, has been in the country since Sunday, February 15 and has conducted workshops in various community and cultural centers in Harare.
  •  Tuesday, March 3, 2015; 3 pm– Food for Thought: Women’s History Month commemoration- Panel discussion featuring women diplomats”. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  • Wednesday, 4th March 2015: 3 pm Interested in studying in the United States? Join us at PAS as we host Dr Gareth Fowles, Vice President of Lynn University. Topic: How to Apply to Study in the United States and Opportunities for Admission and Scholarship at Lynn University, 7th Floor, Eastgate, Gold Bridge.
  • Wednesday, March 4th 2015; 5 pm EducationUSA officials will give a presentation to interested parents about Financing Your Child’s Education. Venue: Arundel High School, Mount Pleasant, Harare.
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015; 3 pm- Food for Thought “Learn how to apply to the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program”presentation by Mutsa Machimbidzofa and Julie Blitzer, U.S. Embassy Harare  The program provides modest grants to assist small-scale community development projects that improve basic economic or social conditions at the village level.  Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015; 3 pm “Mentoring Matters: the Case of Women’s Development Dialogue” presentation facilitated by WDD Coordinator, Dorothy Adebanjo. Mentorship is not merely advice. It is a bilateral commitment between two people, based upon mutual trust and a commitment. The commitment of the mentor is to provide advice and help to the mentee with the mentee’s best interests in mind. The commitment of the mentee is to be ready to listen to the advice and take the help and act upon it. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  • Wednesday, March 18th 2015; 3 pm Interested in studying in the United States? Join us at PAS, 7th Floor, Eastgate, Gold Bridge for an introductory group advising session that reviews the steps for applying for admission and scholarship to American universities.
  • Friday, March 20th 2015; 8 am- Binga Career Fair- The purpose of the Career Fair is to provide opportunities for young people to learn more about career options. A major objective of this fair is to provide networking and mentorship opportunities between students and professionals. The Career Fair will provide a platform for professionals to share information about career paths to motivate students. Contact: Binga2020@gmail.com for more information.
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015; 3 pm “Investing in nutrition: An important piece of the development puzzle” ‘‘Without good nutrition, people’s lives and livelihoods are built on quicksand’’ (International Food Policy Research Institute 2014). Join Themba Nduna, Nutrition Advisor at USAID Zimbabwe as he dissects this important topic. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015; 3 pm: “The role of the youth in the fight against corruption” / presentation facilitated by Dumisani Mthombeni, ZERO Tolerance-Wise Consultancy. The youths are no doubt the future leaders of our nation and corruption is a lethal menace in our society, therefore, the culture of integrity, transparency, accountability, service delivery and good governance must be imbibed by our youths to pull the nation out of the ills of corruption in order to avoid remaining at the bottom of the ladder of human progress and development. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.

We appreciate your feedback. Until we meet again on Friday, have a great week!

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