In 2002, two women established Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) in the city of Bulawayo. After a consultation process that identified a core group of like-minded women, WOZA grew to 85,000 women and some men. The group is structured as a social movement organization (SMO) with members concentrated in Bulawayo, Harare, and rural Matabeleland areas. WOZA’s members mobilize Zimbabweans, particularly women, to demand social justice on a non-partisan basis, to raise consciousness about women’s rights, and to participate in civic processes. The group organizes nonviolent actions to demand more accountable leaders who will deliver social justice and a people-driven constitution. WOZA believes that through participatory learning and collectively exercising rights, democracy can be built from the bottom-up.
A 2014 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported civic education activities for WOZA members.