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Friday, September 08, 2017
Women fight for political relevance in Zimbabwe
Women in Mutare have added their voices on the growing calls for women to register and vote for female candidates in the forthcoming elections. Women from various districts in the Manicaland province who attended a voter registration awareness workshop in Mutare on 30 August 2017 organised by Women...
Monday, April 24, 2017
RAU report finds that violence discourages young women from participating in politics in Zimbabwe
The Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) has cited violence as a leading factor discouraging young women from actively participating in politics. Zimbabwe will hold general elections next year, and women participation is pivotal as they constitute 52% of the population. In a recent report titled “Do...
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
“We can do it” Research on Women’s Political Participation in Zimbabwe
A short piece of research was carried out in Zimbabwe in August 2015, as part of a larger research programme undertaken by Womankind Worldwide to look into the different spaces (explained further in section 7) that had been created for women to promote their political participation at community...
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Melody Dziva
Melody Dziva is 29 years old. She is the youngest woman Member of Parliament in Zimbabwe, and she represents the Zanu PF Party which is the current party in power. Melody Dziva is the Deputy Secretary General for the Women Parliamentary Caucus of Zimbabwe in addition to being a member of the...
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Violence, social inequalities force women out of politics
Zimbabwe currently has 85 women parliamentarians in the National Assembly compared to 185 men. This means that the country would not meet the 2015 Sadc deadline, as the next elections in Zimbabwe are only expected in 2018. Of the 85 women parliamentarians, only 25 were directly elected to...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Monica Mutsvangwa
International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics spoke with Monica Mutsvangwa, Chair of the Women's Parliamentary Caucus, Zimbabwe on women's political participation in Zimbabwe and the challenges they face, at the 58th UN Commission on the Status of Women, held in New York, March 2014
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Youth in Politics - Zimbabwe's Youngest Female Parliamentarian
No less than 35 percent of the newly elected MPs in Zimbabwe are women, thanks to a special electoral quota system to increase women's representation in Parliament. At age 29, Tionei Melody Dziva is the youngest of them. She has a strong desire to uplift the lives of women and youths. Courtesy of...
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Zimbabwe: Youth in Politics - Zimbabwe's Youngest Female Parliamentarian
No less than 35 percent of the newly elected MPs in Zimbabwe are women, thanks to a special electoral quota system to increase women's representation in Parliament. At age 29, Tionei Melody Dziva is the youngest of them. She has a strong desire to uplift the lives of women and youths. Courtesy of...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Disappointing Number of Women in Cabinet, Zimbabwe
Women make up 34% of the 8th Parliament of Zimbabwe, with 32% in the National Assembly and 48% of Senate. Although the quota for women in parliament led to the dramatic increase from 19% in 2008 to 34%, the number of women who actually won, fell from 34 to 26. The cabinet appointments were the...
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Zimbabwe: Women Decry Low Parly Representation
Government should support women participation in politics as they can contribute immensely to the development of the country, a senior official with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has said. ZEC deputy chairperson Mrs Joyce Kazembe said the participation of women in politics had remained low...
Friday, August 30, 2013
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission urges women to participate in politics
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson Justice Rita Makarau on Wednesday said only 90 women contested for Parliamentary seats compared to 603 men during the 2013 harmonised elections. Makarau told delegates at a workshop in Harare aimed enhancing women’s participation in elections that...
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Mugabe victory brings wave of intimidation against women activists
Amnesty International reports that especially in Zimbabwe's rural areas, away from any accountability, allies of Mugabe have been targeting opposition's female political activists. An election victory by Robert Mugabe and his party usually means trouble for opposition supporters in Zimbabwe,...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Women's Safety A Concern For Zimbabwe Elections
 I moved away from Zimbabwe almost 15 years ago. In the early years I inhaled all the news I could; watching in shock as my home country descended into crisis. Each visit home and conversations with friends and family became about what used to be, and with that came a resignation of sorts to the...
Friday, July 26, 2013
Ensuring women's participation in the upcoming elections in Zimbabwe
A group of non-governmental organizations has come up with a programme to ensure that women safely participate in the forthcoming elections. The programme, called The Women's Situation Room, will see women across the country and from different political parties receiving help as soon as they dial a...
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Zimbabwe’s Women Say They Still Lag Behind in Political Arena
HARARE — Zimbabweans go to the polls July 31 under a new constitution that some hoped would bring more women into politics. But, some women say the road to gender equity in Zimbabwean politics is a long one.   Zimbabwe’s 2012 census shows that women comprise 52 percent of the population. But that...
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Zimbabwe
There are currently 32 (14.95%) women in the Zimbabwean House of Assembly out of 214. There are 24 (24.24%) women in the Senate out of 100 members. The lack of quotas for women in local government has become burning issue, not only for aspiring female politicians, but also for all Zimbabwean women...
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The woman behind Zimbabwe's no-vote-no-sex campaign
As Zimbabwe’s voter registration closed yesterday, one can’t help but wonder if the country's recent sex boycott also came to a happy ending. Our correspondent caught up with the woman behind the no-vote-no-sex campaign, MDC minister Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga. We invite you to read the full...
Thursday, July 04, 2013
ZANU-PF has more women candidates, Zimbabwe
WITH the presidential elections just around the corner, provisionally set for 31 July, tensions are high with a recent swell of infighting as political parties draw up primary election guidelines and hold their internal polls. However, the conflict has been ongoing especially since female...