Report : Zimbabwean politics: Very Constrained and Confined. The lack of middle-class young women’s voices in political discourse*

Zimbabwean politics: Very Constrained and Confined. The lack of middle-class young women’s voices in political discourse*

Women‟s participation in the political arena has always been fraught with tension and even the right to vote was a hard-fought battle across the world. That struggle took over a hundred years with New Zealand being the first self-governing country in the world to give women the right to vote in 1893. However, it still did not allow them to stand for parliamentary elections. A year later, the colony of South Australia gave women, both, the right to vote and the right to stand for election. In contrast, women in Saudi Arabia were only accorded the right very recently – in 2011 and women eventually got the opportunity to vote in their elections this year (2016).

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