If one’s three year old nephew knows that in December it rains, and therefore starts to look for his raincoat frantically when he realises it’s getting towards December, then it could be assumed it is human nature to be prepared for any event. Sadly the Zimbabwean government does not have the same insight as a three year old. Often, the flimsy excuse of lack of funds is used, yet time and time again ‘donations’ conveniently become available to fund congresses and other activities that make politicians look good like kissing babies at shopping malls and funding funerals.
Some people believe that enough has been said and done to improve women’s human rights, or to fight gender based violence, or to realise the goal of gender equality characterised by equal chances for all, equal access to these chances for all and equal respect among all.Could it be forgetfulness or just a sense of acute arrogance of a privileged few to seriously ask, “What is it that women want?” especially if you are also a woman. But yes some men (and women) ask;
“What is it that women want?”“Don’t they have enough already?”“What more do they want?”
In a recent report issued by our sister organisation IDASA in conjunction with RAU, the reforms needed to implement an effective police force in Zimbabwe are outlined. Here is an extract from this report:
According to News Day, dated 13 November 2012, the capital city of Zimbabwe is moving to Zvimba in Mashonaland West. Zvimba is President Mugabe’s rural home, 40 km from the current capital Harare. The plans which are reported to be underway will include moving the headquarters of Parliament, government buildings including State House, the Reserve Bank and the Supreme and High Courts. It is reported that an affluent residential area, shopping centres and hotels will also be established in the new complex.
Here is an Executive Summary of a recent report by one of our researchers which appeared on the Sokwanele website:
The issues that hinder Africa’s progress are real and prominent. Like grim reapers, poverty, hunger, famine, diseases, civil wars, dictatorships and droughts among other challenges surround Africa.
Every Constitution has provisions that determine the powers that a President has. In the Current Zimbabwean Constitution the President has very extensive powers.
Today is Audio-Visual Heritage Day.
The 2012 Theme is “Audiovisual heritage memory? The clock is ticking.”
Audiovisual documents, such as films, radio and television programmes, are our common heritage and contain the primary records of the 20th and 21st century history. These documents help to maintain the cultural identity of a people; but countless documentary treasures have disappeared since the invention of image and sound technologies that permit the peoples of the world to better share their experiences, creativity and knowledge.
She wakes up early in the morning, bathes quickly, and dashes past the cattle dip, down the valley and across the river towards her desired destination. She has been waiting for this day for the past 3 years. Her heart is beating loudly with excitement. “Finally I will make my choice. I will decide today who I want to live in that house. That house I have never seen-do I even know what colour it is-no actually not? That house with the high impenetrable looking wall and the barbed wire at the top.