Hear Us: Women affected by the political violence in Zimbabwe speak out

16 min - USA, Zimbabwe The Research and Advocacy Unit, Witness

In 2008, political violence erupted throughout Zimbabwe as a result of the contested national elections. Zimbabwean women of all ages, targeted for their political affiliations, were abducted from their workplaces and homes, raped, tortured, and beaten in secret torture centers. The local police have ignored these women's pleas for protection and justice, and national leaders have been equally unresponsive to local and international demands for an end to the violence. The documentary features four of these women, who have come forward to demand justice from the Zimbabwean government and the Southern African Development Community. These women, 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.