One of the greatest horrors about torture is exactly what President Trump claims, that it works, but not for the reasons that he thinks. It is deeply chilling that the man in charge of the greatest military machine on the planet can make such a frightening claim.
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:
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.
Saturday, the 21st January was a historic day for women: this was the day American women chose to march across the United States to show their anger and frustration over their new President Donald Trump. This was the day after his inauguration.