There is little doubt about the dysfunction that continues to polarise our political discussion; gender disparity is disabling Mthwakazi systems; we are still a male dominated society with less women in politics and positions of influence; we remain a part of a less inclusive world in which women made up an estimated 49.6% of theContinue reading “Mthwakazi must promote women political participation and decision-making capacity”
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, an ethnic Shona male paints a picture of skimpily clad Ndebele women because he enjoys looking at them, and blames poor educational attainment, thus insulting the women whose ‘nakedness’ he has depicted for his personal pleasure.
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”
‘For most of history, anonymous was a woman’ (Virginia Woolf, 1929); we are under no illusion it was wrong back then and that it still is wrong today. The 21st Century Mthwakazi must address gender inequality as a human rights matter of urgency.
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”
Recently a question was asked of the role the Ndebele royal family should play in an independent Mthwakazi. My immediate thought was ‘What role is the Ndebele royal family playing in a subjugated Mthwakazi?’ Should we – in the knowledge of the demographic and political changes in Mthwakazi – entertain the idea of a Nguni (orContinue reading “On why reviving the Ndebele monarchy may be misguided”