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Zimbabwean politics is not kind to women

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  • Political parties in the country should adopt the "Zebra" system which creates a male and female balance which ensures that more women will get into parliament.

By Robson Melasi

Politics in Africa has been associated with violence and hate speech. Therefore, it is prudent at this juncture to note that the playground becomes so difficult and characterised by stumbling blocks which limit the excelling of many female candidates.

Dominant religious beliefs also advocate for women subordination and male dominance. These religious beliefs spill into the super structure and political organization of the society.

Therefore women tend to avoid taking up leadership roles and those who dare will be disadvantaged because of an indoctrinated electorate which believes in male superiority.

Stereotypes are also playing a huge role in the continued under-performance of women in politics. Some view women who enter into the realm of politics as prostitutes or simply women of lose morals.

Zimbabwean women make up 52% of the voting population. Photo Credit – AFP

It becomes difficult for one to vote for women because of the negative tags attached to them by the society. Women in politics in Zimbabwe are looked down upon and are victims of gender-based verbal abuse.

Politics in Zimbabwe is not kind to women. Our Constitution provides for gender where women enjoy a quota in the National Assembly and Senate.

Joice Mujuru and Thokozani Khupe with ZANU-PF’s Nyasha Chikwinya at a past event. Mujuru and Khupe were among the four female presidential candidates in the 2018 harmonised elections

Decrees are problematic on themselves. In our case the decree favouring women has not really promoted women. Instead, it has led to balkanization and other social cultist problems.

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Political parties in the country should adopt the “Zebra” system which creates a male and female balance which ensures that more women will get into parliament.

However, women should also fight their way to the top of the hierarchical pyramid and not expect everything to be easily handed over to them as the “honour ladies” belief does not exist in our politics.

Ironically, women have a numerical advantage over their male counterparts as a voting bloc.

Even though a large number of women turns out to vote, it appears they vote for male candidates instead of fellow women as very few manage to win seats for both the National Assembly and Senate as well as the Local Authorities.

Iwe Neni Tinebasa!
Umkhulu lumsebenzi!

Robson Melasi
Saviour Save Us Movement
Matebeleland North Province
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Email: rob.melassi@gmail.com

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