Women's Programme

Are Middle Class Women Disconnected Democrats?

  • Posted on: 8 November 2016
  • By: admin

A serious question in gender politics is the participation of women in politics and particularly in representative politics. In Zimbabwe, this has been addressed through a proportional representation mechanism that has added 60 women to parliament, but, however, this is due to a quota system, and, the number of women directly elected has dropped significantly. Representation is however not the only issue of importance, and the participation of women in political life generally is equally important.

A Note on the "Child Marriage"Judgment

  • Posted on: 27 January 2016
  • By: admin

In this opinion editorial Derek Matyszak looks briefly at the Constitutional Court's recent judgment on Child Marriage, and while appaluding the removal of odious laws around child marriage from Zimbabwe's law, takes issue with how this was achieved, the reasoning of the Deputy Chief Justice, who wrote the judgment, and suggests a dangerous precedent has been set.

What happens to the Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse: Examining the Outcome of Cases heard at Harare Magistrate’s Court, 2013 to 2015.

  • Posted on: 3 November 2015
  • By: admin

In June 2014 the former Vice President Joice Mujuru said: “We are declaring war against rape and sexual violence”. 
Speaking at the launch of the National Campaign against Rape and Sexual Abuse she also pointed out: “that although Zimbabwe has passed a number of laws ..... gaps still remain in the implementation of these laws and ensuring perpetrators are given deterrent sentences.”

Marriage Laws And The Mandated Age Of Consent In The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region

  • Posted on: 20 August 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

With the spotlight once again focused on child marriage, the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) presents research on Marriage Laws and the mandated age of consent in The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region.
Attention was brought to the issue of child marriage with President Mugabe taking the lead. During his address to child parliamentarians, President Mugabe said child marriage causes irreparable damage to girls and denies them the right to personal development and to education.

The Treatment of Women Activists in Police Custody

  • Posted on: 25 May 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

While poor conditions in police cells in Zimbabwe affect both men and women, women suffer more injustices because of their biological make up. Women are arrested violently, harassed, assaulted, and intimidated in police custody. Women are beaten and taken into custody even if they are carrying babies on their backs when they demonstrate to show their displeasure with bread and butter issues, such as constant price increases.