Climate change hits [women] banana farmers

Climate change hits [women] banana farmers

Clayton Masekesa – The Zimbabwean – Monday October 13, 2014 (originally published 8 Oct) A swiftly shifting landscape in rural Honde Valley has changed the lives of many women – especially those who are small-scale banana farmers and who depend, almost exclusively, on rainfall for their water supply. In an interview with The Zimbabwean last […]

[Zimbabwe] Widowed mother weaves her way to a better life

[Zimbabwe] Widowed mother weaves her way to a better life

Clayton Masekesa – Nehanda Radio – Wednesday, 30 July 2014 (originally published 29 Jul) Grace Madekurozva, 30, faced severe financial problems following the death of her husband in 2012. Illiterate and unaccustomed to being the primary breadwinner, she searched for a way to provide for her three little children. As a child, she learned to […]

[Zimbabwe] Traditional leaders support land for women

[Zimbabwe] Traditional leaders support land for women

Clayton Masekesa – Zimbabwean – Thursday, 01 May 2014 (originally published 29 Apr) For many years Lucia Makawa, 43, has been deprived of the right to land of her own due to cultural practices. This widowed mother of five children has been looked down upon and ill-treated as she tried to voice her concerns about […]

Food availability in Africa depends on climate dependability

Food availability in Africa depends on climate dependability

Jaspreet Kindra for IRIN – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Zvishavane, ZIMBABWE, EASTERN AFRICA: With the lean season reaching its peak, many villages in Zimbabwe have already exhausted their staple grain reserves. The most recent Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) report projects that at least two million people, out of a population of 13 million, will be […]

ZIMBABWE: Improving a woman’s life of disability through art

ZIMBABWE: Improving a woman’s life of disability through art

Chumile Jamela – WNN – Improve It (WNN/GPI) Bulawayo, ZIMBABWE, AFRICA: Siphosethu Ndlovu, 28, sits on the pavement in front of a large supermarket in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city. Born with multiple disabilities, she knits toilet and bathroom sets using her toes in order to earn a living. Unable to use her arms, she holds […]

Zimbabwe: Parents Reinforce Harmful Gender Stereotypes

Zimbabwe: Parents Reinforce Harmful Gender Stereotypes

Loverage Nhamoyebonde – All Africa – 15 August 2012 (originally published 10 Aug) Gender, gender, gender! Gender equality hullabaloo is heard all over public spaces in this country. Yet those who champion gender equality and the need for it usually do not have it in their own family. It is all grandstanding. Which Zimbabwean family […]

Gender Activism Website Provides Much-Needed Platform for Zimbabweans Globally

Gender Activism Website Provides Much-Needed Platform for Zimbabweans Globally

Geri-Leigh Diana – Global Press Institute – Friday, 03 August 2012 (originally published 01 Aug) HARARE, ZIMBABWE – Fungai Machirori seems wise beyond her 28 years. The vibrant woman smiles from behind her glasses in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, before speaking about her brainchild, a website called Her Zimbabwe. “It’s an important space for the alternative […]

Missing the point in female empowerment

Missing the point in female empowerment

Grace Chirenje – The Zimbabwean – Friday, 09 March 2012 (originally published 06 Mar) The UNCSW facilitates the coming together of technical partners and civil society to share experiences from their country on what is going on at the grassroots, and find ways to improve situations. Moreover, it is a space where women from all […]

AFRICA: Poverty Zimbabwe hits women and children hardest

AFRICA: Poverty Zimbabwe hits women and children hardest

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda – WNN Opinion (WNN) Rural ZIMBABWE, Africa: It has been a sad week for many people in Zimbabwe as the issue of underwear became a public policy issue. The poor, mostly women have become so poor, that the country had to regulate the importation of second hand underwear. In our culture and social life, […]