Doreen Sibanda

Doreen Sibanda: Life imitating art

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor Galleries across Africa tend to be thought of as sterile and exclusive spaces run by dread-locked men, who dabble in paint and spend their days musing on Pablo Picasso’s...

Are women complicit in their abuse?

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor Rather than regard women as mortal beings, whose interests are vast and not only confined to their sexuality, several dancehall artistes present women as sex objects sol...

Walking the positive talk

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor A lot of people consider the subject of HIV, as mundane and boring, with many preferring to relegate it to scientists and doctors. Those who have dared to understand the...

ICON FOR FEMALE PRISONERS

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor When Dr Rita Nyampinga was arrested and briefly detained in Harare’s police cells following a demonstration to push for the availability of anti-retroviral therapy in 20...

Woman with a heart of gold

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor She is a former beauty queen, a successful businesswoman and has a heart of gold. Mrs Cecilia Mautsa is a compassionate yet tenacious woman on a mission to change lives ...

Empowering women runs in Sally’s blood

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor The world is slowly warming up to gendered leadership where young women are taking up active roles in the affairs of their countries. Regardless of education status, the...

Ndiweni cooks up a storm

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor Creating successful new businesses is still possible, given hard work, a good idea and a quality product at the right price. Mrs Similo Ndiweni, from Bulawayo is one suc...

Empowering women is her lifelong passion

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor She has traversed the region pushing for economic empowerment for women, a journey of 40 years that has strengthened her resolve to improve their welfare despite all the...
Lucy Marowa

She made herself wings to fly

Ruth Butaumocho Gender  Editor Growing up in the dusty terrains of Mutoko, Lucy Marowa’s childhood was marked by hardships that saw her walking to school barefoot. But that never diminished her hopes...
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

Village raises a ‘girl’

Ruth Butaumocho Gender “It takes a village to raise a girl” is a popular Yoruba proverb. The proverb speaks well into Nyaradzayi’s Gumbonzvanda’s narrative after the community rallied behind her in s...
Miss World 2013 Megan Young of the Philippines

When beauty is more than skin deep

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum Miss World Zimbabwe was held over the weekend with 25-year-old Emily Kachote walking away with the coveted prize, shrugging off stiff competition from 14 other contestant...
Tsholotsho FC assistant coach Sithethelelwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda preparing breakfast at home.

Kwinji 15: Woman who dared

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor IN a domestic game where superstition is rife, just having a woman sitting on the technical bench of a football team may be regarded as taboo. And for years the boundari...