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  • Children’s role in caring for elderly parents?

    In much of the Third World social security systems are not a priority; they are poorly developed and badly funded and children provide a vital social and economic safety net for their retired parents and grandparents. As in other societies of equal status, in Africa children are a prized asset from when they are young […]

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  • Black Zimbabweans’ exaggerated perception of the English language

    There is ongoing debate among migrant African parents in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, etc. regarding the use of the English language as a primary means of communication instead of individuals’ indigenous languages at home. The question is whether the use of more than one language has a negative impact in the child’s wider communication […]

  • Caster Semenya a victim of political incompetency

    It is unfortunate that the athletic brilliance of Caster Semenya has been allowed to be undermined by the gender saga. What should have been a moment to savour has turned into a sex inquisition. A lot has been said and accusations have been thrown back and forth but this young woman’s welfare has, to date, been […]

  • African step-parents and step-children: the uneasy fit

    In traditional African communities a child is raised by the village; this is to say a child’s parents are not only the biological parents, virtually every adult in the community bears the responsibility of raising every child and is accorded the same respect given to one’s birth parents. In cases of foster parenting, children can be placed within and […]

  • Part Three: Explaining Zimbabwean women’s low social status

    I believe the status quo can be changed and the drivers of that change are none other than women themselves. Notwithstanding the obvious male dominance in society some women have, for years now, been working hard to redress the anomaly. There is a massive women’s lobby in Zimbabwe fighting for the emancipation of women but […]

  • Part Two: Explaining Zimbabwean women’s low social status

    Less educated girls grow into less skilled women, who are poorly paid and economically dependent wives who are often functionally illiterate therefore dependent on their husbands for even menial tasks such as opening a bank account, if they are lucky to have one. This socioeconomic dependence makes women vulnerable to male control as it allows […]

  • Part One: Explaining Zimbabwean women’s low social status

    There is no greater betrayal than that of Zimbabwean women by the political elite; the 1980 independence was supposed to usher in a new socioeconomic dispensation for all Zimbabweans but, what is there for women to celebrate? How independent economically, politically and socially are women today?

  • Inadequate welfare systems letting African poor down

    Africa is a continent of extreme inequalities where the richest few enjoy privileges akin to the rich in the developed world while the majority poor lack basic infrastructure and services. The poorest citizens have lost memory of their last proper meal while the rich cannot define, let alone understand poverty. While poor people walk miles […]

  • Nothing wrong with being attracted to a person because of their wealth

    Beauty is subjective and is hardly absolute. A society may build in individuals a broader concept of beauty including what constitutes a good relationship, and these views evolve based on other societal factors. For instance, scientific evidence on health may transform perceptual views of what body size is healthy or normal and hence change our […]

  • Darker skin inferiority complex

    Colourism is a problem prevalent in many black communities in a fragile society where they have been discriminated against on the basis of their skin colour. The black skin tone is classed and differentiated not only for descriptive purposes but rather unfortunately for some kind of classification for the degree of beauty and status. In […]