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Blessing Gorejena

HRD, Program Officer
Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum

Blessing Gorejena is a Program Officer at The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum), a coalition of twenty-one human rights NGOsin Zimbabwe who while having their own objectives, are concerned with the level and nature of organized violence and torture in the country perpetuated mainly, though not exclusively, by state agents and their ancillaries. It came into existence at the time of the Food Riots in 1998 .

Despite the challenges faced, the human rights defenders community in Zimbabwe is well organised, active and broad-based in terms of issues and actors involved. It includes NGOs, faith-based groups, human rights lawyers, student activists, social movements, community-level activists, trade unionists and members of the political opposition. Womens’ rights defenders are prominent.