In the face of intimidation, abductions and arrests we are determined to be builders of a better Zimbabwe than the one we have. #ThisFlag
Evan Mawarire is a pastor and human rights defender who works on exposing corrupt practices within the Zimbabwean government through non-violent means. On 19 April 2016 he released a video using the Zimbabwean flag as a metaphor for the deteriorating civil, political, social and economic situation in Zimbabwe. Additionally, the video aims to describe how Zimbabweans could enact positive changes to improve their human rights situation and to implement good governance. The video was part of a Zimbabwe-wide campaign entitled #ThisFlag, that included the non-violent movement, #ShutDownZimbabwe2016; a peaceful protest movement that encourages citizens, including civil servants, to strike on certain days, and to stay home in order to raise attention to the movement’s calls on the government.