SEPTEMBER 2019 | ISSUE 10 AUGUST 2019 | ISSUE 09 Stakeholders, Friends, and Partners 2019 has been an eventful year for Zimbabweans thus far and the month of September is no different. In this newsletter, we detail the developments in our country around transitional justice issues to give you a better view of the transitional justice landscape in Zimbabwe today. We cover the activities of the NPRC, our activities, and publications, the activities of our stakeholders and other global developments. As always we welcome your feedback. The Safe Spaces Initiative rd On the 3 of September, the NPRC held a debrief session following the rollout of its Safe Spaces Initiative. The initiative recognizes that there is a need to promote meaningful participation of women to ensure inclusive and transformative healing and reconciliation. The initiative also seeks to expand the scope for Women's meaningful participation th peace and reconciliation efforts. On the 17 of September, the NPRC's VSGD Committee met to consolidate the outcomes of the de-brief session. The NTJWG now looks forward to the publication of these outcomes for the consumption of the NPRC stakeholders in the public domain. Press Statement on Xenophobia th On the 6 of September, The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) published a press statement condemning the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in the Republic of South Africa. They called for urgent concerted efforts by the Government of South Africa, SADC leaders and other peace-loving bodies to address the attacks. Mashonaland Central Peace Committee Meeting st On the 21 of September 2019 the NPRC Commissioner with oversight for Mashonaland CentralRev Charles Masunungureheld meetings with key stakeholders in Bindurain response to the clashes between Bindura residents and a rogue group called MaShurugwi. The skirmishes had spread to Shamva, Glendale, Concession & Mazowe but the Zimbabwe Republic Police managed to restore order. Commissioner Rev Charles Masunungure called for an urgent meeting of the Mashonaland Central Peace Committee on the 23rd of September 2019 at 1400 hours in rd Bindura. The meeting was successfully held on the 23 of September and was chaired by Commissioner Reverend Charles Masunungure. The resolutions of that meeting were: a) b) c) d) Mapping of actors; Engagement; Dialogue facilitation; Promote peaceful resolution of disputes instead of resorting to violence; e) Encourage ZRP to do their work without fear or favor and f ) Investigation / research & establish the root causes. th On the 25 of September 2019, the NPRC carried out an induction and orientation exercise for the Provincial Peace Committees where the Deputy Chairpersons from the country's ten provinces are met with their Chairpersons who are the Commissioners responsible for each province. They were able to share experiences from across Zimbabwe. The process was facilitated by colleagues from Ghana and Kenya. International Day of Peace Commemorations th On the 27 of September, 2019 the NPRC carried-out International Day of Peace Commemorations St C h a r l e s Lw a n g a S e m i n a r y Secondary School in Chimanimani. The event was attended by Commissioners Masunungure and Chekenyere who also carried out a tree planting exercise as part of the commemoration activities. NTJWG Activities Sur vivor Suppor t Group Meeting th On the 20 of September, the NTJWG held the rst-ever Survivor Support Group (hereinafter referred to as "the SSG") meeting. The SSG was established to allow stakeholders to effectively deal with issues related to survivors and as such is made up of organizations that deal directly with survivors as well as representatives of survivors. The meeting was aimed at electing a thematic leader, unpacking the NTJWG's NPRC monitoring framework and make any necessary changes as well as to discuss the survivor mapping exercise the NTJWG intends to carry out. One of the key outcomes of the meeting was the agreement by stakeholders that in whatever the NTJWG does when dealing with survivors it is important to remember not to do any harm. It was said that because of the trauma survivors were exposed to in the past it is crucial to deal with them with sensitivity and specialized skills to avoid traumatizing them again. To know more about this meeting you can read the full report on ecti ve%20Meeting%20Report%20Final.pdf. Radio Programme on the Principles of National Dialogue st On the 21 of September, the NTJWG joined the world in celebrating Provincial Peace Committees Induction and Orientation

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