On Valentine's Day, 2003, WOZA held its first demonstrations, calling on Zimbabwe to "Learn to love again." Valentine's Day was chosen as a significant date in the WOZA calendar because of the association with love -- love of self, of family, of community and of country.
On that day in Bulawayo, fourteen women and one man were arrested and held in appalling conditions for 24 hours. They were charged under the Public Order Security Act and then released. The Harare protest was conducted outside the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office. Riot police arrested over 49 members, including a 65-year-old Dominican nun. Only one WOZA member, Jennifer Williams, was charged and all members were released within hours of arrest.