Urging our pro-Mthwakazi organisations to be inclusive is not an attack. It is both progress and patriotic. We cannot continue running men’s clubs and calling them national political parties and act surprised when women keep a safe political distance.
There is no denying that as a society, Mthwakazi is heavily disadvantaged by the tribalism of the current Zimbabwe regime, but it is equally true that gender is probably the most restricting force in Mthwakazi life. Our fight for freedom must go in tandem with the fight to secure freedom for Mthwakazi women.
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”
Looking ahead, we need to be clear on the Mthwakazi we aspire to; people need to comprehend what taking control of our social, economic and political space would mean to the region and their lives. To achieve that we need to have a minimum level of credibility to challenge the status quo and call forContinue reading “Where are the Mthwakazi women?”
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?”
Zimbabwe’s independence has presided over the construction of barriers to openness and the creation of a social structure epitomised by a dangerous unconscious or conscious investment in the perceived superiority of ethnic Shona people while ethnic Ndebeles are subjectively seen as comparatively inferior.
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”
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”
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.
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”