Jenni Williams is a Zimbabwean human rights activist and a founder of Women of Zimbabwe Arise. A prominent critic of President Robert Mugabe’s government, The Guardian described her in 2009 as “one of the most troublesome thorns in Mugabe’s side”.
Jenni Williams is a prominent human rights defender, and is a founding member and National Coordinator of the Zimbabwean womens’ rights organisation, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), one of the most active civil society organizations in protesting government abuses in Zimbabwe. Ms. Williams has suffered arrest, harassment, and physical abuse. By uniting women in Zimbabwe of all races and ethnic backgrounds to advocate for issues directly affecting them, she has brought social, economic and political issues to national attention. Ms. Williams and WOZA lead annual peaceful marches on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day to promote peace and development. These marches have led to the mass arrest of peaceful women who are seen as threatening to the Government of Zimbabwe, but the women remain undeterred. Ms. Williams and the organisation she founded have provided an example of courage and leadership by working for change through peaceful and nonviolent means