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Zimbabwean Winner of JFK Rights Award Says Country Remains Troubled

A co-founder of the activist group Women of Zimbabwe Arise or WOZA, Magodonga Mahlangu, said Tuesday that despite signs of economic and political change, women in the Southern African country continue to suffer from instability and social problems.

Mahlangu was in Washington with WOZA co-founder Jenni Williams to receive the 2009 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights award for their pro-democracy efforts.

She said that despite the formation of an inclusive government in February and generally more abundant food supplies, human rights abuses continue.

She told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the $30,000 award will help the Bulawayo-based group deepen its women's and human rights advocacy work.

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