Disability in African society

The saddest reality in African society is the manner in which people with disabilities are treated or mistreated, to be precise. People with disabilities are, to a great degree excluded from most day-to-day activities in society. That includes fundamental activities such as attending education institutions, health, political participation, employment and housing. They are effectively on the margins of society extensively represented in demeaning activities.

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Should young people be obliged to care for their elderly parents?

In many societies across the world children provide a vital social safety net for their elderly parents and grandparents. In Africa children are a prized asset from when they are young helping out in the fields to when they are adults taking care of their elderly parents. While children would in cases look after their parents out of love, in most cases they provide the socioeconomic security for their parents because society expects them to do it. Should children be obliged to care for their parents at old age?

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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 English language instead of individuals’ indigenous languages when talking to children at home. The question is whether the use of more than one language has a negative impact in the child’s wider communication skills development.

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Caster Semenya a victim of political incompetency

It is unfortunate that the athletic brilliance of Caster Semenya has been 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 hugely ignored.

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

In traditional African communities a child’s parents are not only the biological parents; virtually every adult in the community is accorded the same respect given to one’s birth parents. Children can be placed within and outside kinship whenever perceived beneficial for the child, parents or the proposed adoptive/ foster parents. Such arrangements may be temporary while the child attends school or needs to be nearer a clinic for a period while undergoing medical treatment or semi-permanent when they are offered to childless relatives.

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Explaining Zimbabwean women’s low social status 3

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 a lot more women are still standing, watching from the margins.

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Explaining Zimbabwean women’s low social status 2

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 men to take a firm hold on society through the occupancy of key political and economic positions.

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