CHIPO MATIMBA

Why not raise sons as we do daughters?

Gender Forum With Ruth Butaumocho— “We have begun to raise daughters more likes sons, but few have the courage to raise our sons like our daughters”. The above quote from American gender activi...
GENDER_INEQUALITY

Launch of Beijing+20 brings hope

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum Last week, Zimbabwe launched the Beijing+20 Consultative Process, joining several countries across the globe that have since embarked on the next level of women empowerme...
Robert Martin Gumbura

Have churches become agents of abuse?

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum The statement, “Religion is the opium of the people”, is one of the most frequently paraphrased part of a speech made by the German economist and philosopher, Karl Marx....
mechanic

Time we demystify gender roles

Recently, I went to a well-established Harare primary school for a meeting with the headmaster to discuss various issues. While waiting for the headmaster I took a stroll around the school grounds an...
Nyarai Mutumwa (centre) was convicted of armed robbery in February  and still awaits sentencing for a motor vehicle theft charge

Female robbers: A new breed of criminals

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor When a woman commits a crime, the usual explanation is that it is involuntary, defensive or a result of some mental illness or hormonal imbalance inherent in the female ...

Women should tell their own stories

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum <h3><i>More often than not, women shy away from the media and are not keen to be interviewed on certain issues, arguing that they don’t want to be quoted out ...

Let’s not play the blame game, Tafadzwa

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum The past few weeks have been dramatic with different events that have kept the public glued to the media. From MDC-T fights that have resulted in many splinters, to the t...

Is silence really golden?

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words,” Elbert Hubbard once said. While going through my notes on Critical Theory, I came acros...

We need a committed team!

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum Charlotte Bronte in her book “Jane Eyre” made an apt observation when she said women were just as entitled as men to be involved in any form of action and be recognised f...
MPS

Clampdown on chauvinists, perverts

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum Female Members of Parliament recently shared their harrowing experiences of sexual harassment at the hands of their male counterparts in an endeavour to hold political po...
VP Mujuru

Time to stop waving the victim card

Ruth Buataumocho Gender Forum Some weeks ago, while coming from Murambinda, I came across a group of women and men who were awaiting transport to get to Harare. Although it was mid-afternoon, the roa...

Abuse: Spare a thought for boys, too

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum A few days ago, I was moving around town just after 6pm when a young boy barely in his teens, approached me stealthily from behind just as I was about to cross the robot....

Water Shortage: Buhera’s human crisis

Ruth Butaumocho Forty-two-year old Mrs Anna Makoni joins the long winding queue of women and children waiting to collect water for household use in a small riverbed well. Although it is still 4am, th...
women

How men keep on top of the game

Whether women would want to call it “dirty scheming, plotting, or other demeaning names, what is undoubtedly clear is that men will not blink twice, when executing their game plan because they were t...