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.
By Kuda Chitsike
Last month, Zimbabwe ramped up legal measures to end child marriage, a hopeful sign for a dire problem.
The first time I heard the word hure was in hushed tones when it was whispered in the playground and I was with my little friends. We would giggle and shy away because as far as we were concerned it was a rude word - something you don’t shout out for others to hear. God forbid your mother would ever hear you saying such a word, she would beat the living daylights out of you.
All this came back to me when I heard that these were the words of the First Lady Grace Mugabe addressing a political rally recently.
If I Was a Bird, I Would Fly to My Mother
“Dai ndiri shiri ndaienda kuna mai vangu
Dai ndiri shiri ndaienda kuna mai vangu…brrrr brrrr brrrr ndaienda kuna mai
vangu”. (If I was a bird I would fly to my mother [wherever she is]).
Where are the Gender Experts in the Gender Commission?
So far so good? Not so for women’s rights in Zimbabwe
While women in Zimbabwe have enjoyed freedom from colonialism oppression, women’s conditions have changed little despite progressive legislation such as the 1982 Legal Age of Majority Act where women enjoy equal status as adults in society and the Domestic Violence Act of 2006 and others.
Political developments in Zimbabwe’s demographic and social shifts regarding the position and condition of women over the past 35 years needs examining and documenting.
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