Civil Society organisations in Zimbabwe, under the ambit of the Civil Society Constitutional Reform Coordination Mechanism, will hold a Civil Society Leaders Conference from the 18th to the 19th of October 2012 in Harare.


The National Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (NANGO) and the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition are jointly convening this conference, which is being organized in the context of the COPAC Second All Stakeholders Conference that is set to be held from the 21st to the 23rd of October in Harare.


The conference will see the participation of over 300 delegates to be drawn from different sectors of the Civil Society in the country.   It will be held around the different thematic clusters that relate to the constitution - women, labor, young people, media, differently abled, residents, human rights, social and economic justice, arts and culture, students, faith based, health, HIV and AIDS and children's rights.   All these sectorial interest groups will be expected to workshop around their themes and come up with recommendations and positions around the draft constitution for input to the 2nd All Stakeholders Conference


The Civil Society Leaders Constitutional Conference, which is a follow up to a similar process by the same group from 2009 when the COPAC process began, is convened to give Civil Society leaders from across the country's geographic, sectorial and issue divides a platform for informed discussion on the content and process issues of the on-going COPAC led constitutional drafting process. The conference will allow Civil Society to come up with both a coordinated and common position on the COPAC Draft Constitution ahead of the 2nd All Stakeholders Conference.


Amongst other key objectives, the conference will give a general background on the journey CSOs have travelled so far with regards to the constitution making process, and locating the remainder of the process in a strategic political context. It will also seek to do a comparative engagement and analyses of other regional perspectives and experiences on constitution making, specifically learning from the Zambian and Kenyan experience and engage on a global analysis of the draft constitution.


Proceedings at the Conference can be followed on the Facebook group: Zimbabwe CSOs leaders Conference and on twitter at the following handle @crisiscoalition.

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