In 2008, political violence erupted throughout Zimbabwe as a result of contested national elections. Women of all ages, targeted for their political affiliations, were abducted from their workplaces and homes and raped, tortured. and beaten in secret torture centers. It is estimated that from May to July 2008, state-sanctioned groups raped over 2,000 women and girls. Women in Zimbabwe have historically been subjected to violence in response to involvement in elections or other political activities. Local authorities and national leaders have been unresponsive to local and international demands to end to this violence.
Hear Us features four of these women, who have come forward to demand justice from the Zimbabwean government and the Southern Africa Development Community. Women like Memory and Abigail, who struggle daily with the physical and psychological scars of their abuse, tell their stories to uncover the enduring effects of this violence on the women of Zimbabwe and their families.
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