Inside/Out with Jenni Williams co-ordinator of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
January 24, 2006
Describe yourself in five words
Resourceful; driven to push boundaries
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
A friend gave me a pendant with the following prayer: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference." This prayer has been my compass and seen me through many a dilemma
What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Midnight dips with friends in the Bulawayo Fountain during my teenage years. Mind you, in the present circumstances of no water I could see myself and WOZA women going for a bath there!
What is your most treasured possession?
At the moment - my skipping rope. It was my Martin Luther King biography but Air Emirates lost my luggage and the book
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
This last Christmas with my husband and children on another continent
Do you have any strange hobbies?
Skipping; getting arrested; reading Mills and Boon, driving long distances at odd hours
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Freckles and I have hair and lots of it. Keeping it looking neat and tidy is my constant nightmare
What is your greatest extravagance?
What have you got in your fridge?
Yoghurt, powdered milk, margarine and jam. Oh and I did buy some Borewors sausages to cook for supper today but decided on 2 minute noodles instead.
What is your greatest fear?
That politicians will cut a 'deal' and Zimbabweans, tired from daily suffering will accept second best putting us back to a 1980 scenario. Will I and the women of WOZA still have the energy to carry a struggle through to bring a socially just Zimbabwe?
What have you got in your pockets right now?
Not wearing anything with pockets
What is your favorite journey?
The one that takes me to my children in the United Kingdom. My worst is driving Bulawayo to Harare and back within 24 hours
Who are your heroes in real life?
My husband Michael and my mother. Also Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King and Aung San Suu Kyi
Unfortunately Jenni was arrested yesterday in Bulawayo ahead of the Harare protest.
Learn more about WOZA by visiting their fact sheet