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Margaret Dongo
Independent Member of Parliament, Zimbabwe
 

At SWF:

  • Saturday, October 31st, 1:00 - 2:30PM, Emerging Leaders, Emerging Democracies
  • Sunday, November 1st, 12:30 - 2:00PM, Investing in Women

Biography:

Zimbabwean Member of Parliament Margaret Dongo left Secondary School at fifteen to trek into neighboring Mozambique, where she trained to fight in the war of liberation against the Rhodesian government. Dongo survived the guerrilla war and, at Zimbabwean independence in 1980, worked for the ruling ZANU PF party in a variety of roles.

In 1989 she co-founded the National Liberation War Veterans' Association to secure the rights of marginalised war veterans. In 1990, sponsored by the war veterans, Dongo became an MP for Harare East. In Parliament she has been an advocate of democracy, human rights, and marginalised groups in Zimbabwe. Her outspokenness caused her removal from Parliament in 1995, however she became the first person to challenge the country's electoral system and reclaimed her seat. She is one of only three opposition MPs in a Parliament of 120.

Links:

Margaret Dongo biography
ZimWeb
News Article on Margaret Dongo

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