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...

Dream for the girl child

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor Outgoing Zimbabwe Women Football League chairperson Mavis Gumbo was so confident of retaining the post that she is still to come to grips on why her constituency dumped ...
VP Mujuru

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...