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Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights) National Programs Coordinator and pro-democracy advocate, Miss. Cynthia Manjoro was, on the 10th of March 2012, presented with the prestigious Gertrude Mtombeni award by the Youth Initiative for Democracy in Zimbabwe (YIDEZ) at its annual Gertrude Mtombeni Memorial Lecture at Grey's Inn, Bulawayo.
Named after the late firebrand human rights activist and trade unionist Gertrude Mtombeni, the award is given to a young woman who stands out and works exceptionally in the fight for democracy, upholding the values of the late Mtombeni. Last year it was won by Bulawayo-based youth activist, Helen Mpofu. Manjoro's mother, Ann Manjoro received the award on her behalf as she is currently in custody.
Cynthia Manjoro is a former student activist who has worked with Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe, Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR) Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU). She is one of the 29 Glen View residents who are facing unsubstantiated charges of murdering a police officer, Petros Mutedza in Glen View last year. Manjoro spent 59 days detained at Chikurubi Maximum Prison where she was subjected to assaults by prison officers and inhumane living conditions. Following her release on bail on the 28th of July 2011 , she was indicted on the 1st of March 2012 together with the other 28 activists and is currently held at Chikurubi Maximum Prison.
YIDEZ described Cynthia as the face of young women fighting for democracy and applauded her vigilance even in the wake of arrests and torture.