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Category: In the Press

  • 26
    Oct

    Rights groups call for increased women participation in councils

    WOMEN groups yesterday said there was urgent need for local authorities to reserve at least 30% of positions to women. The call comes at a time when female representation in local authorities has continued to drop since 2008. Women in Politics Support Unit executive director Sakhile Sifelani Ngoma said:...

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  • 26
    Oct

    Walpe pushes for Sexual Harassment Bill

    PARLIAMENT has been urged to craft a law on sexual harassment to ensure stiff penalties on perpetrators to effectively deal with the vice. This came out last week during a meeting involving the Women’s Academy for Learning and Political Excellence (Walpe), the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Service and...

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  • 19
    Oct

    Women Still Not Well Represented In Leadership Structures: WALPE

    DESPITE several initiatives being formulated in parliament, local authorities and cabinet, women are still poorly represented in almost all sectors of the economy, according to Women’s Academy for Leadership and Political Excellence (WALPE) executive director Sitabile Dewa. Dewa was speaking at a breakfast meeting last Friday in Harare where...

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  • 24
    Sep

    Mobilise Funds, Go Home, Register To Vote: Exiled Zimbabweans Told

    NOBUHLE Ajiti, a Zimbabwean immigrant rights activist based in South Africa has urged Zimbabweans living in the Diaspora to mobilise financial resources and travel to Zimbabwe to register to vote ahead of the 2023 elections. She was speaking during an online discussion last week on the possibilities of the Diaspora...

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  • 24
    Sep

    Women Demand 50% Quota In Councils

    WOMEN Reform Network, a group of 25 women’s rights organisations that advocate for gender equality, has petitioned parliament seeking a 50% representation in local authorities. This comes after the Local Government minister July Moyo recently announced that the government would be passing a law to create a 30% women’s...

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  • 13
    Sep

    Police major perpetrators of sexual harassment: Parly

    BY MIRIAM MANGWAYA POLICE have been singled out as major perpetrators of sexual harassment against women throughout the country. This was revealed in investigations conducted by the joint Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Service, and Women Affairs to ascertain the prevalence of sexual harassment in the country and its...

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  • 27
    Apr

    Women’s groups Statement on the harassment of Hon Joana Mamombe (Sly Media)

    By Women’s Groups We the undersigned women’s rights organizations and women-led community based organizations (CBOs) are concerned and deeply worried about the recent harassment of Harare West Member of Parliament (MP) Honourable Joana Mamombe by prison officials. A video recording of the brazen inhumane treatment of Hon. Mamombe has...

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  • 22
    Apr

    Zim, Malawi push for 40-year mandatory sentencing for rapists (NewsDay)

    BY SAMANTHA SIBANDA Women from Zimbabwe and Malawi have said rape remains one of the major hindrances to full participation of women in politics and leadership. They made the remarks at a time when women’s rights groups are pushing for mandatory rape sentencing. A women rights lobby group, Zimbabwe’s...

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  • 13
    Dec

    ‘Women must support each other in politics’ (The Sunday Mail)

    THE Women’s Academy for Leadership and Political Excellence (WALPE) has launched a campaign to canvass women voters and aspiring female candidates to support each other, amid concerns of gender inequalities in the political field.

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  • 15
    Nov

    Punches & Insults: Why Zimbabwe’s Women Candidates Want to Change the Political Playing Field

    By Ignatius Banda BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Nov 6 2020 (IPS) – “I have long given up on active politics,” Gertrude Sidambe, a 36-year-old member of one of Zimbabwe’s opposition parties, tells IPS. When female members of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front complained last month about political violence as...

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