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Sam Cook & Felicity Hill
Sam CookTHIS ISSUE FEATURES:
NEGLIGENCE on the part of nursing staff and lack of adequate resources in hospitals has resulted in an increase in the maternal mortality rate, a Government official has said.
In an interview with Sunday News, Deputy Prime Minister Ms Thokozani Khupe said Government was working on addressing the serious increase in the maternal mortality rate in the country.
There would you go for assistance if you were the victim of rape?
This was the question posed to a diverse group of Harare-based Zimbabweans recently. What should have yielded simple answers instead drew blank stares, confused mumbles - and finally, the admission from all but one that they weren't aware of any existing services in the city.
Zimbabwe may become the world's first country to pass a law requiring that women hold at least 50 percent of posts in parliament and other government bodies, according to a new constitution.
As we were growing up, we used to hear a story about Nigerian immigration that best illustrated corruption in Africa: it was said when travelling into Nigeria, you had to pay a bribe to the immigration officials even if all your papers were in order. If you neglected to pay the mandatory bribe, the official would return your passport to you and say a page was missing from your passport.
The inclusive Government is committed to achieving gender equality in line with the Sadc Protocol on Gender and Development, as it is a key ingredient in the development of society, a senior official has said.
Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development Deputy Minister Jessie Majome said the Global Political Agreement was clear on the principals' commitment to see gender equality prevailing in Zimbabwe.
Women who oppose Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe are suffering increasing violence and repression, a study says.
Amnesty International claims that female demonstrators can be subjected to arbitrary arrest, beatings and in some cases torture in police custody.
The human rights group, which interviewed dozens of activists, urged the country's authorities to "stamp out any discrimination against women".
Zimbabwe has launched its first magazine specifically targetting women.
The magazine entitled Woman, will be aimed at helping in national efforts to empower women and will specifically look at women's issues, among a myriad of issues.
The magazine was officially launched by Vice President, Joice Mujuru, at a local hotel in the capital, Harare.
On November 25, 2013, the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University will launch the 23rd annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. CWGL will join thousands of activists from around the world in a call for an end to gender-based violence and more substantial responses on the part of governments to act with due diligence in protecting and preventing gender-based violence.
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