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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The long and short of the miniskirt debate

Gender Forum With Ruth Butaumocho The mini-skirt saga in which a hapless woman was stripped naked by overzealous touts has finally come to the end. This follows the sentencing of the two touts to an ...
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Women miners: The untold story

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor Miriam Mbambo (40) wakes up at 3am daily to prepare food for her three school-going children before she leaves for work at the nearby Pickstone Mine in Chegutu.
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Legislation that impacted on women

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum Last week Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in commemorating International Women’s Day, by holding a series of events to celebrate women’s achievements calling for eq...
We have men in our midst who have devalued the sanctity of parenthood, and are instead relegating that duty to women

Of women who kill, deadbeat fathers

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum This is unthinkable for any parent, more so for the mother who is considered a nurturer, carer and regarded as an embodiment of life. So, just the idea of a mother murder...