Zimbabwe women cast away in the new dispensation


Although Khupe and Mujuru may yet play an important role in the upcoming elections, women as a group along with active representation of feminist agendas are largely absent from the top levels of Zimbabwe’s politics.

Zimbabwe is of course not alone in this.

Africa as a continent no longer has a single female head of state or government, and the world beyond is not faring much better.

Nonetheless, as the country navigates a new chapter, it is clear that Zimbabweans who want to see a more equitable society will have to continue to struggle for it.

They will have to ensure that gender is not excluded as Zimbabwe constructs the narrative of its post-Mugabe era.

Demands must be made for gender reforms to be included alongside other changes.

The upcoming elections provide the opportunity for voters to make these demands heard.

By Mandipa Ndlovu for African Arguments


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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