The depopulating Bulawayo

The 2012 Zimbabwe preliminary population census results indicate that the City of Bulawayo lost around 3.1 percent (an average of 0.31 percent per annum) of its population in the period between 2002 and 17/18 August 2012. According to the census, the sex ratio of Bulawayo is 87/100 (87 males for every 100 females) and the population density was 479 per km2. Continue reading


Assessing Matabeleland women’s political participation

‘For most of history, anonymous was a woman’ (Virginia Woolf, 1929); it was wrong back then, it still is wrong today. The 21stCentury Mthwakazi must address gender inequality as a human rights matter of urgency. Continue reading

Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga’s Umzingwane candidature: a critique

Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga

Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga

The debate surrounding the primary elections, candidate confirmation process and perceived dictatorial tendencies of the executive of both MDCs in the selection of party candidates for the forthcoming general election raises important questions for the parties’ internal democracy. Any perceptions of a flagrant break of democratic processes in primaries risk damaging the MDCs’ reputation and undermining their electoral appeal.

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A call for Mthwakazi nationalists to address gender (in)equality

27th Prime Minister of Australia 2010 - 2013

27th Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Eileen Gillard (2010 – 2013)

The objectification of women continues to define and blight the human social landscape. As an interested male observer, I have been both appalled and embarrassed by the general treatment of Julia Eileen Gillard,the Australian Prime Minister until her recent ouster by Kevin Rudd; be it the opposition menu, the infamous ‘Julia Gillard Kentucky Fried Quail’, or the radio interview, the deposed Australian PM has borne the brunt of the most appalling male attitudes towards women in power yet her experiences are just but a tip of the iceberg. Continue reading