November 2016

It Goes Both Ways

  • Posted on: 30 November 2016
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While growing up, I had a constant inner struggle as I kept hearing about the expectations of women. That struggle has now transformed and instead of keeping it contained within, I am now much more vocal about my objections. 

I really rail against the consistent and persistent way in which women are told who they should be, what they should be, how they should do it, when they should be and where they should be. The role of a woman is constantly being defined - by the family, by community elders, by a range of people and most influentially by religious leaders.

Give them books not husbands

  • Posted on: 28 November 2016
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Political violence is rearing its ugly head once again on the Zimbabwe’s political scene. This has been witnessed in both the Norton and Chimanimani by-elections and this trend is likely to increase as the nation draws closer to the 2018 elections. Having lived through the violence of 2008 and the negative effects it had on society, no sane person would want to experience this again in their life. It is the same feeling one gets when told that a “surrogate currency” called bond notes is being introduced in Zimbabwe at par with the US Dollar.

What Does Safe Education Really Mean?

  • Posted on: 27 November 2016
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Hearing the theme of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence this year - ‘From peace in the home to peace in the world: make education safe for all’ reminded me of a girl irecently met, Mwakaita is her name, she is 20 years old.  A bright, vivacious young woman, who never really got a fair deal in this world. She is a divorcee with a beautiful 4 year old daughter. I asked why she got married so early,  because to me she was far too young to be a divorced mother. This is her story as she narrated it to me:

Fundraising for gender equality and empowerment of women

  • Posted on: 26 November 2016
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During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, activists around the world rally together to raise awareness on gender equality, and, more specifically, violence against women and girls; the effects on their victims’ lives; what can be done to protect them; and how to prevent violence. Organisations are involved in different activities, road shows, radio/tv programmes, newspaper supplements, social media, and interaction with the public amongst others to highlight how violence impacts women and girls and the need to end this scourge. 

Incivility - #16DaysZW

  • Posted on: 25 November 2016
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Zimbabwe’s launch of 16 days of activism against gender based abuse has taken on different dimensions this year. 

At the UN’s official launch of the annual campaign attendees draped themselves in scarves of orange – the colour the UN has chosen to mark action against violence. At this launch the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said governments needed to step up their support of women’s movements and civil society groups to address what is a human rights violation, a health concern and a major obstacle to development.