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Women's Charter - Shortened Version
Published by The Women's Coalition
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We, the women
of Zimbabwe, as full citizens making up over half the Zimbabwean
birth right of every human being to have freedom and equality;
equally to the development of the nation throughout its history;
equally to the struggle for the independence of our nation;
oppression through patriarchy, custom and tradition, colonialism,
racism, male-dominated dictatorship and capitalism;
still discriminated against in law, politics, business, society,
culture and religion;
As workers in
every sphere of national life;
As the mothers
of the people and of future generations -
DEMAND . . .
- A constitution,
laws and policies that make women and men equal;
- To be recognised
for our role in founding and developing the country;
- To take part
fully and equally in our nation;
- No more oppression;
- No more discrimination
against women in public life, at work and at home;
- The extra
opportunities for women to put right the imbalances of the past
and build equality in the future;
safety, protection for our property and no more violence against
- A plan of
action, a time frame and the resources to make these demands possible.
full equality with men. Women must be equal under the constitution,
under the law, in politics, business, public life and in homes.
The nation must recognise the wrongs of the past and give women
extra opportunities. Discrimination must be forbidden.
Women must have
equal rights within the family and to custody of children. They
must play an equal role in making decisions in all aspects of family
Women must have
equal rights to earn their living. Brothers and sisters must have
equal rights to inherit, equal rights to land and housing and equal
access to other natural resources and funds. Laws must support this.
Women must have
the right to support from the state and the right to education.
The state must
encourage positive images of women in the newspapers and on television
and discourage stereotypes.
religion are important but they must never be used to justify discrimination
LAW AND ADMINISTRATION
Laws must support, protect and promote equality of rights and opportunities
for women and girls. Both men and women, boys and girls, must be
able to use the law to protect their rights.
Women must be
part of the country's justice system, including the customary system.
They must have extra opportunities to take their place as equal
decision makers in how the laws are made and put into practice and
how all the courts are run.
The law must
support women's right to make decisions about their own lives. Women
and men must have equal rights and duties as parents.
system must be friendly to those who use it and victim friendly,
especially for victims of rape, domestic violence and child abuse.
physically disabled people must be helped and protected whenever
they have to deal with the law or the courts.
People who run
the courts must not be influenced by anything except fair judgement
and women must be equally represented at all levels of the justice
in the courts must be gender sensitive and make decisions that protect
the rights and interests of women.
who want to protect their rights but cannot afford a lawyer must
be given free help and advice. There must be a special budget set
aside for this.
must treat everyone equally; they must treat women with respect
and as equal to men. The police must protect women against all forms
must have free and full access to information about their legal
and constitutional rights provided by the state.
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