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Masvingo Residents Forum

Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Joined March 2022

Masvingo Residents Forum is a non-profit organisation that advocates for transparency and accountability by collecting the views of the residents and channelling those views to the local government.



Presence in: Zimbabwe
Focus: Governance, Accountability & Transparency

Masvingo Residents Forum is an organisation, we participate in the policy process by collecting the views of the residents and channelling these views to the authorities to act on the needs of specific vulnerable groups like women and children. The views that we collect we contribute them through government platforms such as the budget consultative forums and parliamentary portfolio committees. We also utilise petitions to lobby for changes in the local government by-laws and regulations with the view of improving service delivery and ensuring that there is transparency and accountability within the systems of the local Council. These views are then taken into account when the policymakers make deliberations on the legal frameworks and the legal reform that may be needed to achieve human rights realisation standards that are to the level of global standards. Our organisation is playing a critical role in ensuring that human rights issues at a local level are in line with international best practices thereby contributing to the improvement of the human rights situation in Sub Saharan Africa. Our organisation is creating responsive citizens ready to defend their rights and ensuring that their voices are taken into consideration during policy formulation, development and implementation. As an organisation, we are developing a network of human rights defenders who are keen to network with other human rights defenders across the globe and ready to offer solidarity at any given opportunity. The organisation thrives at ensuring that vulnerable groups in the community are well represented when decisions that have a bearing on their livelihoods are made by policymakers. There is therefore a deliberate inclusion of vulnerable groups like women and children in all our programming as a way of ensuring that the voice of the marginalised is heard all the time and this ensures that their basic human rights are respected.

People Associated With This Organization

Prosper Tiringindi

Zimbabwe  
Masvingo Residents Forum
Joined March 2022
Interests: Community Organizing
My name is Prosper T Tiringindi, I am the second boy in a family of five, made up of three boys and two girls. I studied on Project Design Monitoring and Evaluation for my first diploma. I have a passion for social change activism that was ignited in my early years because of my background, especially as I come from a community that has suffered a long history of exclusion and marginalization in southern-eastern Zimbabwe.

Since 2008 I have been at the helm of the Zimbabwe National Student Union, an organization that is a conglomeration of tertiary students across Zimbabwe. It provides national student representation plus demand-driven solidarity and support to the student movement and human rights defenders in Zimbabwe. Its primary target group for its initiatives are student victims of human rights abuse in terms of the privatization of education and attack on academic freedoms, and it also strives for female participation in defence of democracy and human rights, as this has proved to be a major challenge for almost all mass movements in Zimbabwe.
The Masvingo Residents Forum has accorded me the opportunity to amplify the voices of many citizens whose rights have been violated.

In 2013 I formed Masvingo Residents Trust, a human rights organization that campaigns for transparency and public accountability in the delivery of social services in the Masvingo province of south-eastern Zimbabwe. The group advocates for the improvement of the socio-economic rights of communities in the province by supporting projects to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development, and organizing peaceful demonstrations demanding good governance from the Masvingo authorities.

The Masvingo Residents Trust has accorded me the opportunity to amplify the voices of many citizens whose rights have been violated. For doing this work my fingers have been burnt. In 2014 I was arrested, tortured and remanded in custody for two weeks, only days before I was committed by Masvingo Magistrate Court for a further 3 months on a "charge" of leading a peaceful demonstration. I was cleared when the Constitutional Court ruled that my rights had been violated by the state through its agents. Since lightning is known to strike twice, at the beginning of 2015 our office was raided by the state security, and I and other staff members were arrested and interrogated on our organisation's
I work at Masvingo Residents Forum as an advocate officer Masvingo Residents Forum, I organise the communities to advocates for the improvement of the socio-economic rights of communities in the province by supporting projects to reduce poverty and support sustainable development, and organising peaceful demonstrations demanding good governance from the Masvingo authorities. The reason to join the network is that I want to engage with other human rights defenders so that we build global movements and also to take campaigns of the network to indigenous people and grassroots activists.
Prosper Tiringindi is the network champion (main point of contact) for Masvingo Residents Forum.

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