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Breaking barriers, making history

Last week, millions of people across the globe joined hands to commemorate International Women’s Day – a day set aside to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women.

Women’s sport cries out for funding

Ruth Butaomoche Gender Forum In recent years, most countries have been using sport and physical activity as a strategy for empowering women and girls in impoverished communities. The strategy has bee...

Women’s organisations must walk the talk

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum In the past weeks, Zimbabwe’s media has been awash with stories on corruption and obscene salaries in parastatals. Equally topical in the Press have been the increasing c...

Women: Agriculture’s unsung heroines

Zimbabwe is in the middle of a promising farming season that has seen the country receiving lots of rainfall compared to previous seasons. As I write this column, many farmers have finished weeding a...

Spare a thought for the innocent children

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum A week has passed since schools opened for a new term. Most parents found themselves battling on the hard end of their budgets to cater for their children’s school fees, ...
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Time to do more for women

Ruth Butaumocho January is a busy month where both individuals and organisations take time to reflect on issues and events that took place the previous year.
Two intertwined gender symbols

Treat men, women as equals

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum MEETING the deputy chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Joyce Laetitia Kazembe for the first time at a women’s forum in Harare recently was indeed an enrichin...

To be a male or a man?

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum A FEW weeks ago, I accompanied a friend to her child’s school to negotiate with the headmaster for an extension of the school fees payment period so that her daughter cou...

Have women become monsters in their homes?

Gender Forum Ruth Butaumocho More than a decade ago, I used to hook up with friends and colleagues to talk about relationships, the hurdles that one needed to go through, and of course the bliss asso...

Safe zones for women shrinking

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Forum Two weeks ago, while driving home on a Friday night, I decided to stop at a popular joint in the neighbourhood for a drink. The idea was to delay and avert traffic jam. I...

Women not that evil

Gender Forum Ruth Butaumocho For the past few weeks, Zimbabweans across the social divide have been mesmerised by the story of two women currently in custody after being arrested as ‘‘witches’’ in Ha...