Most of us have at least once in our lives had an encounter with a thief, a con artist or someone whom we felt should be incarcerated. They robbed you of your most prized possession and you felt prison was the best place for them. In fact we have often celebrated guilty verdicts and felt relieved because society was better off without them. For the victims of crime; sentencing is the end of the journey in the saga, but not for the accused! It is the beginning of a nightmare which most of us choose to ignore and pretend we know nothing off.
“Unless and until we get rid of PHD women will not go far in any field.” In this context a PHD is not a doctorate degree, it is an acronym that stands for Pull Her Down. The Pull Her Down Syndrome is sadly one that most women suffer from regardless of status in society. Upon hearing the term for the first time I was shocked as it seemed in the group there were a few of us who had never heard of the PHD, I knew what it was but I hadn’t realised that the behaviour had its own acronym!
This Press Release was published in the Daily News and in Newsday on International Women's Day
(8 March 2012) Today, the Research and Advocacy Unit [RAU], an NGO working on providing specialist assistance in research and advocacy in the field of human rights, democracy and governance calls on the Zimbabwean government to eradicate politically motivated violence against women as it is a drawback to the development of communities in commemoration of International Women’s Day.