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Media representation of Women in Politics – Part 2
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
May 27, 2013
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of democratic governance and human rights are premised on the notions
of majority rule and equal participation in most aspects of human
and national development. This is why it is important for both men
and women, including all minority groups that fall under them, to
have equal and meaningful representation and participation in all
facets of life.
somewhat more than half the world’s population. It is a trend
reflected in Zimbabwe too.
preliminary census results released by the Zimbabwe Statistics Agency
(Zimstat), females constitute 6, 738 877 of the country’s
12, 9 million population, about half a million (503 945) more than
males, whose population stands at 6, 234 931.
this, women’s participation in formal political structures
and programmes where decisions regarding their lives and the use
of societal resources are made remain at the periphery.
that women hold only 14 percent of parliamentary seats in the country,
down from 16 percent in the previous parliament. Representation
of women in Zimbabwe’s main political parties also mirrors
this pattern, as the leadership and decision-making bodies of the
two major political parties in the country, Zanu-PF and the MDC-T
are male dominated. According to the MDC-T website http://www.mdc.co.zw/
(18/12/12), the party’s National Standing Committee comprises
nine members of which only Thokozani Khupe, who is also the Deputy
President of the party, is the sole female representative. The MDC-T’s
National Executive is made up of 40 members consisting 26 males
and 14 females.
Zanu-PF website http://www.zanupf.org.zw
(18/12/12) shows the party’s presidium is made up of three
men and one woman, Joice Mujuru, who is also one of the party’s
two vice presidents; while the party’s decision-making body
in between congress, the Politburo, comprises 26 males and seven
It is no wonder
then that there has been lots of lobbying in support of women’s
participation in politics. A local feminist Non-Governmental Organisation,
Women in Politics
Support Unit (WIPSU), justifies this stance thus:
democracy cannot be achieved if more than half of the population
remains voiceless with no full access to decision-making and to
the activities that influence the course of their future.”
Inter-Parliamentary Union, an international organisation established
in 1889 as the first permanent forum for political multilateral
negotiations contends “genuine democracy cannot exist without
the full participation of both men and women in politics”.
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