Ask Takudzwa 6 – New News in the News: Zimbabwean Secularism into Humanism in Zimbabwe

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Takudzwa Mazwienduna is the informal leader of Zimbabwean Secular Alliance and a member of the Humanist Society of Zimbabwe. This educational series will explore secularism in Zimbabwe from an organizational perspectiveand some more.

Here we talk about the registration of the Humanist Society of Zimbabwe.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What have been some of the most significant organizational updates for humanists in 2019 in Zimbabwe?

Takudzwa Mazwienduna: The Humanist Society of Zimbabwe has been registered as a formal organization. This makes it the first exclusively Humanist organization in the country and probably the first civil society organization to stand for secularism.

Jacobsen: How have the organizations and groups, informal and formal, been growing, developing, and formalizing this year?

Mazwienduna: The biggest news this year has been the registration. It will, however, take a lot more effort mobilizing members who are scattered across the country and making plans and strategies for initiatives.

Jacobsen: Any interesting initiatives or activist efforts at this time?

Mazwienduna: The Zimbabwean government and constitution upholds secularism but the same cannot be said about the citizens of the country. Efforts are being made through social media, national news platforms and public spaces to raise awareness about secular concerns.

A column in the biggest, best selling Sunday national newspaper, Sunday Mail, entitled “Chiseling the Debris” by the organization’s interim chair person Shingai Rukwata Ndoro has been dedicated for secular and Humanist issues.

Shingai has been running the column for a while now and he also makes appearances on national radio and television as a panellist on religious shows, giving the secular perspective.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Takudzwa.

Mazwienduna: Good Day Scott!

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He authored/co-authored some e-booksfree or low-cost. If you want to contact Scott: Scott.D.Jacobsen@Gmail.com.

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