January 2017

How to Get Equality for Women and Improve the Nation

  • Posted on: 18 January 2017
  • By: admin

At a recent meeting in Bulawayo, convened by the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) and  Women Politicians’ Incubator Zimbabwe (WOPIZ), there was consensus amongst all the women present – MPs, Councillors, heads of CSOs and NGOs – that the best way forward to ensure that women’s rights were respected was to ensure that half (105) of the seats in the National Assembly were occupied by women. The suggestion came out of the understanding that proportional representation as it currently is does not come close to fulfilling the objectives laid out in Section 17 of the Constitution:

Embracing the spirit of Antigone in modern day defiance

  • Posted on: 18 January 2017
  • By: admin

A story is told in Greek mythology of a young woman named Antigone. After her brothers’ struggle for power they are both killed in battle. King Creon makes a decree that one of them, Polynices, should not be mourned or buried whilst the other would get a state funeral. The failure to be buried had implications for Polynices as it meant he could not proceed to the underworld, angering the gods.