I Survived Torture—and Remained Optimistic
How one Zimbabwean dissident became a fighter for democracy worldwide
Pastor Evan Mawarire is the founder of the #ThisFlag Citizen Movement in Zimbabwe, which brought millions of people onto the streets to confront corruption, injustice, and poverty, and was ultimately instrumental in unseating Robert Mugabe. In 2016, Evan was named the African of the year by the Daily Maverick newspaper of South Africa and one of the 100 top global thinkers of 2016 by Foreign Policy Magazine. Unfortunately, since then, Evan has had to leave Zimbabwe for his own safety, but has served as a fellow at Stanford’s Centre for Democracy Development & Rule of Law and was a 2020 Yale university World Fellow. Currently he is a fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy and RDI’s inaugural Director of Education.
Join us as we discuss how to maintain resilience in the face of overwhelming odds, what dissidents can teach those of us in the Free World about democracy, and how we can unite to combat the forces of authoritarianism worldwide.