Khupe defy enemies, rolls out massive BVR campaign

By Watmore Makokoba Although Zimbabwean women in politics have suffered violence, ridicule and discrimination, MDC-T vice president Thokozani Khupe has seen it all but has remained unshaken. In a move that shows she has built resilience, Dr Khupe has shrugged off all missiles unnecessarily thrown at her and went out into the streets of Bulawayo carrying out door to door voter registration campaigns dubbed “Get …

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Women turn to activism for political relevance

  Over the past few years, Zimbabwe has witnessed a growing number of female activists stepping up the call for policy changes and actively participating in street protests and demonstrations. It seems for women in the political field you either have to have impeccable levels of merit or be highly controversial to be noticed. For a long while, women have reduced themselves to dancers during …

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Women turn to activism for political relevance

  Over the past few years, Zimbabwe has witnessed a growing number of female activists stepping up the call for policy changes and actively participating in street protests and demonstrations. It seems for women in the political field you either have to have impeccable levels of merit or be highly controversial to be noticed. For a long while, women have reduced themselves to dancers during …

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Mujuru’s Catch-22: Repent from the light or die in darkness

By Wisdom Mumera Following news that hoards of her supporters in Masvingo have left the party, Presidential aspirant Joice Mujuru now faces the unenviable task of having to choose between going back to a past that she has been attacking in the last few years or sliding to a natural political death. Sliding is tragically heroic whilst repenting to Zanu PF is a visit to …

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2018 budget: Why female MPs must stand up

By Daniel Chigundu As Parliament resume sitting on December 19, mainly to pass the 2018 National Budget, female legislators have the burden to stand up for social services. Poor social services provision in Africa, affects women and girls more than men owing to their biological make-up and societal expectations. Zimbabwe is currently facing various social service challenges chiefly in the area of health care provision, …

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Makarau resignation raises eyebrows

By Buhle Tshavango. The abrupt resignation of Zimbabwe’s first female judge President, Rita Makarau as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson,  has sent tongues wagging and stirred fears of a compromised election, now only a few months away as she was leading the process of compiling a new voter’s roll. Makarau’s unexplained and sudden resignation comes soon after the inauguration of the new President causing …

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Zimbabwe violates Abuja declaration 17 years in a row

By Pretty Chavango. ‘Aluta continua’ best describes the health situation in the country, with the recent presentation of the 2018 national budget failing to meet the stipulated 15% the nation committed to channel towards health through the signing of the Abuja declaration on health of 2001. The proposed 2018 budget if passed will once again fail to meet the required allocation for health funding in …

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Minister Kagonye hits the ground running

By Buhle Tshavango Newly appointed Minister of Labour and social welfare, Petronella Kagonye has wasted no time in getting the ball rolling in her new post barely a week after her swearing-in she has already warmed up to her portfolio. As part of government’s effort to bring a family environment within orphanages by transforming children’s home from dormitory style to home styled, Hon Kagonye who attended …

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Opinion : Demonising of female politicians limiting women’s participation

The few women who have braved to tackle the political terrain in the country have a double job to perform as the challenges of being a politician come paired with the ‘condition’ of being female. Female politicians world over have encountered a lot of hurdles in breaking the glass ceiling of gender and convince society to see beyond their dresses and judge them for what …

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