May 2017

Our Liberation is Bound Together

  • Posted on: 29 May 2017
  • By: tino

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” –Lilla Watson

In 2013, Zimbabwe adopted a new Constitution which many have deemed a gender friendly Constitution in comparison to other Constitutions in our region. In many cases, our Constitution explicitly specifies women’s rights in education, family & marriage and health. The Zimbabwean Constitution goes a step further by stipulating the kinds of security measures women are afforded in order to protect those rights.

Is Zimbabwe a “Fragile State”?

  • Posted on: 6 May 2017
  • By: tony


Speaking at the World Economic Forum, President Mugabe stated that Zimbabwe is not a Fragile State: he argues that such claims can only be made by those that are misguided or ill-informed about the state of development in Zimbabwe. Apparently reacting to Anton du Plessis of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), this assertion of the President may not be shared by Zimbabweans as a whole, and certainly not by Tendai Biti, who disputed Mugabe’s statement in NewsDay.[1]

Get up and Dance: Women’s Political Participation

  • Posted on: 4 May 2017
  • By: tony

The Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) has been working on a research programme on women’s agency, voice and participation over the last 5 years, and, more recently, has been looking at whether class plays a role in this.  This includes looking at whether rural and urban women, working class and middle class women view governance differently.