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Women bemoan lack of political space
in Zimbabwe Coalition
this article on the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition website
members and delegates at a Young Women’s Conference held at
the National Art Gallery in Bulawayo as part on the Ideas Festival,
on Thursday 31 October, unanimously agreed that women needed to
vigorously lobby for equality in politics because men continue to
hold onto influential positions.
arrived at the conclusion that the Zimbabwean political landscape
is still dominated by men despite constitutional provisions that
seek to address the issue of gender equality in politics, while
Belinda Gumbo, a gender activist, called on young women to take
advantage of the opportunities afforded them by the Constitution.
are opportunities for young women as encapsulated in the Constitution,”
said Gumbo, during the meeting. “There are sixty 60 seats
reserved for women.
women we should lobby for inclusion in the women’s party list
so that we participate in mainstream politics and positively contribute
to the developments of this country.”
Gumbo also highlighted
that young women have become apathetic to political participation
because they believe that nothing changes despite their voting or
young women stay out of politics because they are afraid and believe
that politics is violent,” she added.
were encouraged to participate in other decision making process
like budget consultation meetings and ward meetings as such platforms
could aid in propelling them to national politics.
was collaboration between Bulawayo
Agenda (BA) and Zimbabwe Young Women’s Network for Peace
Building (ZYWNPB) and attracted participants from across the country.
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