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Ask Takudzwa 17 – Humanistic Influencers: Organizational Derivatives and Outgrowths


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Canadian Atheist

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/12/11

Takudzwa Mazwienduna is the informal leader of Zimbabwean Secular Alliance and a member of the Humanist Society of Zimbabwe. This educational series will explore secularism in Zimbabwe from an organizational perspectiveand some more.

Here we talk about the media.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: As McArthur Mkwapatira wrote in “The Rise of Secularism in Zimbabwe,” the atheists in Kenya have been organizing. The humanists in Zimbabwe have begun to continue to organize over time, as well, especially into the, recently, founded Humanist Society of Zimbabwe.

This was an article for the defunct Cornelius Press republished in the flagship publication for Young Humanists International entitled Humanist Voices.

How is not only the influence into the public sphere through radio appearances on Faith on Trial but the commentary on such an general public presence important for the early formal advancement of humanism in Zimbabwe?

Takudzwa Mazwienduna: Breaking into the public sphere has been our biggest breakthrough as a society. Notable efforts by Shingai Rukwata Ndoro, Miriam Tose Majome and Prosper Mtandadzi have made secularism a legitimate force to reckon with.

It has made Humanists feel represented and not alone. I can safely say that being represented in public spheres and gaining recognition has been the best thing that has happened to secularism and humanism in Zimbabwe so far.

Jacobsen: In some of the work of the former, or defunct, Cornelius Press, there was reportage on South African and commentary on the political situation, on women’s rights, and the like.

How can the media be more helpful to the humanist cause in accurate, non-stigmatic news on humanist activities?

Mazwienduna: The media can be helpful to the Humanist cause in that way by making religious diversity a sacred principle when sharing opinions. Publications and broadcasters should also cease promoting uninformed religious narratives that misrepresent the Humanist Society.

Jacobsen: Camp Quest is a program for kids. Have you seen this? Could this be something for the Humanist Society of Zimbabwe to incorporate into its programming?

Mazwienduna: I have come across news on Camp Quest and yes, I believe that it can do a lot more for the Humanist Society of Zimbabwe. The community gets a lot of inspiration from such groundbreaking initiatives.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Takudzwa.


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