One Hundred New Mazwi residents in peri-urban Bulawayo, on Thursday 14 October 2021, were empowered with human rights information and free legal advice courtesy of Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).
The activity which was held as part of the MIHR Community Human Rights Information Centre in Bulawayo’s peri-urban Hyde Park community, also saw 24 residents (23 females and 1 male) get free one on one legal advice from the lawyers.
The major human rights concerns that came out of the meeting include:
- Access to civil documentation (birth certificates and IDs)
- Access to water
- Access to social and sexual and reproductive health rights for young people
- Poor facilities and lack of science education at the local secondary school
MIHR also observed that there is a problem of high levels of illiteracy in the community, especially amongst the youth population.
The Member of Parliament for Pumula, Hon Mahlangu, local Councilor, Sikhululekile Moyo and the child MP were also present. The residents tasked Hon Mahlangu to go and demand mobile birth and National ID registration facilities to be availed to the community.