Increasing women participation in pro-Mthwakazi politics

Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals is to ‘promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development’. And we recognise in Mthwakazi that a key component of an inclusive society is active participation by women in political processes. We believe that the equitable participation of women in politics and government is essential to building andContinue reading “Increasing women participation in pro-Mthwakazi politics”

If that Chronicle cartoon is no bother what is?

No surprise then that in a society where men are a privileged human species, an excuse for an artist who also happens to be male will depict women as he pleases; no surprise then, an ethnic Shona man draws from his reserves of stereotypes to paint a picture of ‘Ndebele’ women whom he dresses inContinue reading “If that Chronicle cartoon is no bother what is?”

Zimbabwean independence and women

The 34 years of Zimbabwean independence has brought little reason for women to celebrate. The pertaining socio-political conditions are abnormal; they render women’s status no different from the mid 20th Century; Zimbabwean women remain severely under-represented in positions of power.   The status quo has to be confronted head on; there is no justifiable reason whyContinue reading “Zimbabwean independence and women”

Gender equality is not optional but a right

It is an irony that a continent worst affected by and well aware of the impact of oppression of humans by other humans continues to drag its feet when it comes to the freedoms of a large section of its population. In virtually all of Africa, except for Rwanda, we still witness men’s active, deliberate andContinue reading “Gender equality is not optional but a right”

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

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 FriedContinue reading “A call for Mthwakazi nationalists to address gender (in)equality”