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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.
Zimbabwe is a fragile state. The whole country has been plunged into a humanitarian crisis and all social, economic, and political fundamentals are deteriorating faster than they would in a country at war.
Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe has told women in South Africa that equality between men and women was a human right matter that had to be taken seriously.
The DPM described women as better administrators whom the world could not do without.
ZANU PF and the two main MDC parties have agreed controversial new plans to establish a bloated Parliament with close to 400 legislators.
The measures are contained in a new draft constitution. The parties resolved to retain the 210 parliamentary seats, 88 Senate seats and add a further 60 seats for female lawmakers.
Under the new arrangement, Parliament will now have 368 lawmakers in both the Lower and Upper Houses.
Zimbabwe has signed key international and regional instruments designed to empower women and eliminate discrimination and improve gender equality and equity through development legislation, policies, programmes and projects. (Pictured: Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) national coordinator Netsai Mushonga (L) and Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe (R)
Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) in Zimbabwe are routinely arrested, unlawfully detained and subjected to ill-treatment whilst in prison, all for engaging in peaceful protest. AWID tries to unravel the complexities of the context in which they work to understand how WHRDs are affected by politically motivated violence, the land reform process and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
The gendered status of the HIV and AIDS pandemic is obvious when we look at countless statistics showing that more women than men are infected - and many more women than men bear the brunt of caring for those infected.
The link between gender-based violence and HIV and AIDS in southern Africa is also quite clear.
Women from across Zimbabwe have celebrated the launch of a strategic high-level women's coalition. The voluntary group will lobby to ensure that the new constitution, currently being drafted, will deliver on gender equality and empowerment for women in the country.
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.
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.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - On Tuesday, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said he would be supporting the drafting of laws to protect the identity of victims of rape in Haiti. Currently in Haiti, no laws are in place to compel law enforcement to keep undisclosed the identity of persons who bring complaints of sexual violence.
Rutendo Munengani, wife of MDC-T legislator for Glen View North Fani Munengami, says she will never forgive President Robert Mugabe after she was raped by a soldier while her nine-month old son watched in horror.
Mugabe, who is the commander-in-chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF), has always used the security services whenever he feels cornered in his three-decade-long rule.
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.
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.
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