ZimPAS Highlights – March 12, 2015

Key Highlights

  • In a statement the U.S. Embassy in Harare called for the authorities to fully investigate the disappearance of civil society activist Itai Dzamara. “The U.S. Embassy notes with grave concern the reports of the forced disappearance of civil society activist Itai Dzamara on March 9, 2015. We support Mr. Dzamara’s right to freedom of expression and to demonstrate peacefully.” said the statement.
  • Trade between the United States and Zimbabwe has increased according to latest statistics, Zimbabwe exported goods worth $64, 9 million. It imported goods worth $48, 7 million, giving a trade surplus of $16, 2 million despite official claims of sanctions that had hamstrung the Zimbabwean economy.
  • Last Friday, the State Department honored 10 women with the International Women of Courage Award, an American award presented annually by the United States Department of State to women around the world who have shown leadership, courage, resourcefulness, and willingness to sacrifice for others, especially in promoting women’s rights. “So while we honor these women’s courage, we reaffirm our commitment to achieving gender equality. It’s a commitment we will, and we must, keep as the global community shapes the Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years.” said Secretary of State John Kerry.
  • Congratulations to EducationUSA member and former St Faith’s student Brian Mada who won a silver medal in triple jump in the Junior All African Athletics Championships in Addis Ababa.

On Our Calendar

  • Note that the Information Resource Center will be Closed on Tuesday March 17, 2015 at 12:30 pm for a special program.
  • Join the Mandela Washington Fellows as they engage with college and university students on different topics at your campus. For enquiries contact Zimbabwe United States Alumni Association on zwusaa@gmail.com . Events are scheduled as follows:-
  • March 13, 2015; 9 am at Chinhoyi University of Science and Technology — a discussion entitled, “Organizing for community development,” and chaired by James Bayani, with facilitators Tayson Mudariki and Dr. Marlon Ralph Nyakabau.
  • March 14, 2015; 9 am in Masvingo at the Great Zimbabwe University and Masvingo Polytechnic – a discussion on “Leveraging technology for social entrepreneurship,” facilitated by Verengai Mabika and Tawanda Kembo.
  • March 21 and 27 2015; 1 pm at the University Of Zimbabwe School Of Medicine — a discussion on “TechMedicine,”facilitated by Dr. Marlon Nyakabau, Zandile Lambu and Irene Chikumbo.
  • March 28, 2015; 9 am in Bulawayo: “The startup of you — Applying entrepreneurship to your career and your life,”facilitated by Takunda Chingonzo for NUST, Bulawayo and Lupane State University students at the American Corner Bulawayo, Corner 8th Street & Fort Ave.
  • TBC: program for National University of Science and Technology (Masters class) facilitated by Sibusisiwe Ndlovu on “Impact of media on gender issues and women’s participation.”
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015; 3 pm “Mentoring Matters: the Case of the Women’s Development Dialogue,” a 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, Gold Bridge, Eastgate 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 
  • Wednesday, March 18th 2015; 3 pm Interested in studying in the United States? Join us at PAS, 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate for an introductory group advising session that reviews the steps for applying for admission and scholarship to American universities.
  • 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.
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015; 10 am: Chautauqua Book Club members are discussing discuss “Hellhound on his trial: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin” an exciting book by  Hampton Sides at PAS, 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate. If you are interested in joining the Chautauqua Book Club visit our Library at 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate for the membership forms.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015; 3 pm: “The role of the youth in the fight against corruption,” a presentation facilitated by Dumisani Mthombeni, ZERO Tolerance-Wise Consultancy, who notes that, “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