Petition for Zimbabwe women-Fiction!
Signing An Email Petition Will Help Women in Zimbabwe-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
Summary of eRumor:This email summarizes some of the horrible conditions that women face in Zimbabwe and encourages recipients to add their names to the bottom of the email as a petition calling for better treatment for them. It then asks that when there are 300 names, the email should be sent to an email address at Brandeis University.
Many African women face deplorable conditions, but this email will not help them. It is a revised version of an email that is being circulated about conditions for women in Afghanistan. The "statement" of declaration is the same as in the email about Afghan women. The email address the finished petition is supposed to be sent to, however, is not operating. That email address belonged to a person at Brandeis University who received the petition about women in Afghanistan and passed it along to people on her email list. After that, the email was circulated as though coming from her and as though sending the petitions to her would help the cause. She had nothing to do with efforts about Afghanistan, however, and does not have anything to do with efforts to help women in Zimbabwe.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Subject: Please help others
This could be an important step to helping humanity. Please read and
This one is for all our Zimbabwean Sisters so, please do not ignore this email.
This is something that we as women and essentially as human beings need to support. Again, I don’t know if this is going to help but just take 3 minutes out of your life to do your part. Zimbabwean women are suffering the most dreadful conditions. They are raped from the tender age of 6 months old as well as the very elderly. They are beaten or hacked to death, burned alive, and deprived of their families.
These women are frequently infected with Aids by their husbands who refuse to wear condoms, having to look after Aids victims because there is no-one else to do so. These women are rarely given the chance to decent education and most cannot afford the basic necessities of life, consequently are forced on the streets sometimes to survive in the world’s oldest profession. In Zimbabwean traditional societies, husbands and relatives have such power over their women relatives, especially their wives, many widows have had to face the double tragedy of being homeless as well as near starvation, as the husband’s
relatives still have the right to the man’s property.
Everyone has a right to a tolerable human existence, even if they are women in a third world African country. If the superpowers can threaten military force in Kosovo in the name of human rights for the sake of ethnic Albanians,
citizens of the world can certainly express peaceful outrage at the oppression, murder and injustice committed against women in Zimbabwe.
In signing this, we agree that the current treatment of women in Zimbabwe is completely UNACCEPTABLE and deserves action by the United Nations and that the current situation overseas will not be tolerated. Women’s Rights is not a small issue anywhere, and it is UNACCEPTABLE for women in 2000 to be treated as sub-human and so much as property.
Equality and human decency is a RIGHT not a freedom, whether one lives in Zimbabwe, Afghanistan or elsewhere.
PLEASE COPY this email on to a new message, sign the bottom
and forward it to everyone on your distribution lists. If you
receive this list with more than 300 names on it, please e-mail a copy
of it to:
Even if you decide not to sign, please be considerate and do
not kill the petition