Reports

What is mental health and how is it harmed by conflict and violence?


Zimbabwe, despite its deceptive appearance to the naïve outsider, is a country beset by Organised Violence and Torture (OVT) for many decades. It was brought into being by a colonial war, suffered violence and displacement through the 70 years of settler domination, liberated through a civil war, suffered through low-intensity conflicts in the 80s, and a long, sustained period of episodic violence has characterised the country since 1999 to date. It is therefore hardly surprising that this has resulted in great and continuing suffering for a very large proportion of its people.It is interesting that the new country of Zimbabwe came into being just as mental health professionals were beginning to realise the pernicious consequences of OVT. The first official classification of psychological disorders due to trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) came in 1980. A decade later, in Southern Africa, the impetus for dealing with these problems came in 1990 in an important conference held in Harare. This conference led to a sudden growth of organisations across Africa, paralleling similar growth around the world, with a local organisation, the Amani Trust, being amongst the first of these, together with what became the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in Johannesburg and the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture in Cape Town. There are now 150 such centres in 75 countries across the world, attesting to the importance that health professionals now accord the health consequences of organised violence and torture.

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Addressing mental health in prisons: if not now, when? If not us, who?


This policy brief on mental health in Zimbabwe seeks to highlight the need for policymakers to advocate for policy change in the provision of Mental Health care services in prison to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights of people in contact and in conflict with the law.

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Covid-19 and SADC countries. final 22 April 2020


RAU report on Covid-19 in SADC and its possible effects.

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Policy brief No 1/ 2020. Proportional Representation: 50/50 for Women


This policy brief by RAU follows two analysis’ of the need for more effective representation by women. The brief summarises the research and makes the case for Proportional Representation (PR).

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Making the Case for Proportional Representation: Challenges and Opportunities for Increasing Women Participation in Zimbabwe


This is the second report on Proportional Representation (PR), This report deals with Zimbabwe specifically, and deals with the desirability of PR as opposed to the quota

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Quotas or Proportional Representation? A Selective Review of the Evidence.


A new report from the SWAG partners on Quotas and Proportional Representation for women’s Empowerment

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YOUTH RESILIENCE & PEACEBUILDING MANUAL: First Edition


There is no doubt that young people across Zimbabwe can play a critical role in, economic social, and politicaldevelopment at a national level. A close examination of Zimbabwe’s history will reveal that young peoplehave been active as agents of social change since the struggle for Independence. However, over time, youngpeople in Zimbabwe have become increasingly exploited as a vehicle for violence by diverse political actors regardless of race, party or ideology.

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