Magodonga Mahlangu and Jenni Williams, in 2009, accepted the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award on behalf of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA).
Both are human rights activists in Zimbabwe; making them a target of abuse. In September 2004 Mahlangu was arrested, along with 51 others, after a peaceful protest. She was detained and interrogated for four days. Her lawyer was denied access and the police ransacked her house and threatened her sister. In 2008, she and Williams, were arrested at a demonstration declaring the food crisis in Zimbabwe a national disaster. They were held for 3 weeks.
In their acceptance speech, for the award, they spoke of their disappointment at the failure of the South Africa-brokered Global Political Agreement which was supposed to create dialogue between Zimbabwe’s political parties. They spoke of the intimidation, abduction, torture and sometimes murder of human rights activists through out the country.