Illegal vendors rounded up by municipal workers being ferried, together with their goods, to Harare Central Police Station. — File photo

Corruption hits women, youth hardest

Gender Forum With Ruth Butaumocho Walking in the central business district in Harare last week, I came across a group of vendors, mostly women, in running battles with the municipal police for sellin...

Condoms in school a big No, No!

Gender Forum With Ruth Butaumocho Last week most parents were restive after the august House deliberated on a contentious issue, whether condoms should be made available to pupils and be placed in sc...

Rural women reel under effects of cancer

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor Mrs Maud Chauke watched hopelessly as her mother, VaChireka, writhed in pain while lying under a mopane tree a few metres from the family kitchen. She noticed her condit...

Women are own worst enemies

Gender Forum With  Ruth Butaumocho Last week, a local tabloid ran with a front page picture of two women involved in nasty fight over a man somewhere in the informal settlement of Hopley, in Harare.
LADIES DRESSED IN MINI SKIRTS

Miniskirts don’t rape, depraved men do!

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum In November last year, hundreds of women in Kenya held a series of demonstrations in protest after a group of men tore off a woman’s clothing for wearing a miniskirt. The...
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Spare a thought for the rural woman

Ruth Butaumocha Gender Forum The onset of the rainy season signalled the start of land preparations in both rural and urban areas as farmers mobilised the cropping season’s inputs.

No relationship is worth dying for

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum The year comes to an end tomorrow and will probably go down in the history as one of the most eventful years in recent times. The gender discourse dominated news for both...
First Lady Amai Mugabe

In comes Mother of the Nation

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum Being a woman, the First Lady, knows the pangs of a hungry child, the despair of a poor, hopeless woman and challenges of putting food on the table, against a background ...
Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri

Can mandatory sentencing do the trick?

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum When serial rapist Thomas Brighton Chirembwe was in January this year sentenced to 290 years in jail by magistrate Simon Rojers Kachambwa for raping 13 women and unlawful...

16 Days Against GBV a damp squib?

Gender Forum With Ruth Butaumocho Today marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence commemorations with the Government and civil society calling for the adoption of a zer...

Shurugwi’s reproductive health revolution

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor Tendai Muranda of Mazivandadzoka Village in Shurugwi collects a container from the kitchen preparing to go and fetch water at the village borehole, a kilometre away. Hav...