Evan Mawarire addresses the 13th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – Panel: Champions for Change
Evan Mawarire is a Zimbabwean clergyman who founded the #ThisFlag Citizen’s Movement to challenge corruption, injustice and poverty in Zimbabwe. For his activism, Mawarire was imprisoned and tortured in 2016, 2017 and 2019 and charged with treason, facing 80 years in prison. His main objective is to empower citizens to hold the government to account. Through viral videos and engagement sessions, the #ThisFlag movement has organised multiple successful non-violent protests in response to unjust government policy.
Mawarire’s message of inspiring positive social change and national pride has resonated with diverse groups of citizens and attracted international attention. Evan has addressed audiences at The Atlantic Council, Yale University’s Association for African Peace and Development, Harvard University’s Human Rights Centre, The Oxford Union (UK), and the Oslo Freedom Forum. Foreign Policy magazine named him among 100 global thinkers of 2016. The Daily Maverick Newspaper of South Africa named him 2016 African person of the year. Evan Mawarire is a nominee of the 2017 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression awards and the prestigious 2018 Swedish government’s Per Anger Prize for democracy actors. He is a 2018 fellow of Stanford University’s Centre for Democracy Development and the Rule of Law and was selected in 2020 for the prestigious Yale World Fellows program. Mawarire is also a 2021 Regan-Fascell Fellow hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
Evan continues his work as a speaker and trainer on nonviolent citizen driven change, democracy development and human rights.
- He led a popular uprising against Mugabe. Now he says life is more brutal than ever for Zimbabweans, CNN, November 2019
- Zimbabwe pastor Evan Mawarire leaves prison on bail, Deutsche Welle, January 30, 2019.